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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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
If the community is literate there will be variation according to speech and writing
, but as will become clear shortly , we assume for this argument that the
community is not literate . Such variation does not compare with the variety that
exists in a ...
Again a paradox : while , as Irélé also notes , the act of writing for these poets
required them to carry out a systematic reversal of values beginning from the very
vehicle of expression through which ( they ] were obliged to transmit their ...