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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That is as true of the British Black English example ( Sutcliffe , 1982 ) mi asks di
man fi put mi moni jina him pakit as it is of the multiple negative Black English
example already discussed . It is also true of the ways in which native speakers ...
And if this is true in the writer ' s special case it is equally true , though not of
course so obvious , for us all . Writing of Nabokov , Steiner ( 1968 : 10 ) suggests
that his writing is made up out of a private mixed idiom ' and again the
The same exactly is true of Singaporean English , if it is to be regarded as a
language with its own native speakers . If not , then of course it simply becomes
subsumed within British ( or American ) English . I do not raise again here the