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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Their behaviour is reflected in members ' views towards such language factors as
the speech community , the standard language and stereotypes of language use
. The Speech Community The speech community is most helpfully seen as a ...
This research indicates how speech communities define themselves since
members are acutely aware of the ... All members of a speech community
systematically use ( or admit the use of ) stigmatised forms according to context
but in different ...
Now while this stark view of life may be supportable in language it will not serve
as a denial of the common sense of the speech community and is of value only
as an addition to and a commentary on the acceptance of the notion of speech ...