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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... will not do if too long a time has elapsed since the split ( as in the case of
Finnish and Hungarian ) or if speakers no longer wish to understand or believe
they understand one another ( as was the case perhaps with Dutch and Afrikaans
with knowledge , which may be partial ; but of course if such speakers wish a kind
of identity which they are denied then they are indeed at a disadvantage ( see
Chapter 8 ) . Passing as a Native Speaker There is a sense in which learners
First of all the negative is certainly true , that is that A and B will not understand
one another if they do not wish to do so ; at the worst they will not even listen ,
they will avoid ; and at the best they will deliberately misunderstand and impute ...