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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A non - native variety of a language was , I said , something of a contradiction in
terms . ( p . 26 ) He takes issue with Trudgill who , in an earlier publication , had
commented that ' non - nativeness does not inhere in the variety but in the ...
He insists that ' it ought not to be necessary to repeat here the demonstration that
these varieties of English ( the NVEs ) are the equal of any other variety of the
language , being not mere hodge - podges of errors , mere deviations from the ...
a linguistic and a cultural sense , which in his case means the norms of OVEs ,
the identity Kandiah is concerned with is identity with the NVE group ; and
confidence for him means asserting that the English variety which his NVE