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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( Bartsch , 1988 : 104 ) Standard Language as an Ideal We have argued that a
standard language exists more as an idealisation than as a detailed description .
' This is how to do it , isn ' t it ? ' is the typical appeal to membership . It is the case
wal their language , the creole . That creole may not be Standard English but it is
a language . And they are therefore not semilingual . The second is the typical
acquisition - from - peers answer by which these children , who will certainly be ...
We have further suggested that while a Standard Language or indeed a (
standard ) language necessarily has what Bartsch ... All Standard Languages are
therefore likely to include some ( standard ) languages and of course many