The Native Speaker: Myth and Reality
Linguists, applied linguists and language teachers all appeal to the native speaker as an important reference point. But what exactly (who exactly?) is the native speaker? This book examines the native speaker from different points of view, arguing that the native speaker is both myth and reality.
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But it may well be the case that native speaker is a more useful term in situations
where the standard language has an ... The point being made is that in the
standard language situation it may be that access to the native speaker is more ...
They did so because they could not provide the range of situations in which
proficiency could flourish . This is the heart of communicative competence , the
linking of proficiency to situations . This is where the native speaker has a head -
Thus a Welsh speaker who may find s / he can cope with close family interaction
in Welsh will feel ignorant about how to communicate in Welsh in more public
situations but may be able to cope in those public situations perfectly