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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If it means that educated users of one or other existing LI standard Englishes
automatically become speakers of International English then the problem
disappears . If , however , it implies that second - language users are also
speakers of ...
This is a very pragmatic view : the user must judge whether or not disinterested
still carries the meaning potential s / he needs . The same analysis can be offered
of the correctness arguments which arise when the language user runs ahead of
His stance is very obviously political , as the title of his chapter makes clear : '
Epiphanies of the Deathless Native User ' s ... governed systems in their own
right which sustain and are sustained by speech communities of their native
users ' ( p .