The Native Speaker: Myth and Reality

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Multilingual Matters, Jan 1, 2003 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 237 pages
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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 research work,''The native speaker: myth and reality'' by Alan Davies is a comprehensive study of linguistics aspects in the language of native speaker.

Contents

Introduction
1
Psycholinguistic Aspects of the Native Speaker
25
Linguistic Aspects of the Native Speaker
40
Sociolinguistic Aspects of the Native Speaker
52
Lingualism and the Knowledges of the Native Speaker
77
Communicative Competence Aspects of the Native Speaker
97
Intelligibility and the Speech Community
118
Losing Ones Language
151
Assessment and Second Language Acquisition Research
171
Conclusion Who is the Native Speaker?
198
Appendix
216
References
219
Index
232
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Alan Davies is a professor of mathematics at the University of Hertfordshire and has been teaching mathematics to engineers, scientists, and mathematicians for more than 30 years. He is the author of "An Introduction to Computational Geometry for Curves and Surfaces," Diane Crann is a mathematics graduate with more than 10 years of experience in organizing mathematics-related activities for people of all ages, including the Royal Institution Mathematics Masterclass Series.

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