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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I speak ingliac or engliac also known as unknown language i need to know if there's anyone else in intelligence that speaks this Lang. That is beautiful please let me know im able to identify the ones through looking without judging or prejudice it's fast when some speak in english i'm able to respond to it in golically only some have to look through the eyes in the face and their demeanor speaks that they know it and correspondence to it I don't want to sound crazy but I can identify some of the ones that are naturally within the born intelligence sector with this language it's beautiful it's unknown to many but known to some and I would like t
o know if anybody else speaks this beautiful sometimes hebrews sounding but gentile style language that is still a tongue that's unknown but holy that's distide that's unexplainably beautiful
 

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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 has taught and researched English and Applied Linguistics in Kenya, Nepal, Australia, Hong Kong and the U.K and is now Emeritus Professor of Applied Linguistics in the University of Edinburgh. In the 1960s he developed the English Proficiency Test Battery, which the British Council used prior to ELTS and IELTS. A former editor of the journals Applied Linguistics and Language Testing, his publications include Principles of Language Testing (Blackwell 1990), An Introduction to Applied Linguistics (Edinburgh U.P. 1999) and Dictionary of Language Testing (Cambridge U.P. 1999).

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