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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The sociolinguistic argument is in part an argument about actual understanding ,
shared understanding or intelligibility . History ... What matters even more
strongly is whether or not speakers understand one another now , which on the
face of ...
In extreme cases such social attitudes , such attitudinal affect , can lean over into
the question of intelligibility and , as we have already suggested , influence
whether or not individuals ( and even groups ) understand one another . Wolff (
1959 ) ...
Second , helping to understand how words can be used quite differently in
different contexts . For example the early loss of a human embryo by the mother
is commonly called miscarriage when it happens ' naturally ' so that women will
refer to ...