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Title: The Native Speaker Concept
Subtitle: Ethnographic Investigations of Native Speaker Effects
Edited By: Neriko Musha Doerr
Series Title: Language, Power and Social Process [LPSP] 26

The "native speaker" is often thought of as an ideal language user with "a
complete and possibly innate competence in the language" which is perceived
as being bounded and fixed to a homogeneous speech community and linked to
a nation-state. Despite recent works that challenge its empirical accuracy
and theoretical utility, the notion of the "native speaker" is still
prevalent today.

The Native Speaker Concept shifts the analytical focus from the second
language acquisition processes and teaching practices to daily interactions
situated in wider sociocultural and political contexts marked by increased
global movements of people and multilingual situations. Using an
ethnographic approach, the volume critically elucidates the political
nature of (not) claiming the "native speaker" status in daily life and the
ways the ideology of "native speaker" intersects and articulates, supports,
subverts, or complicates various relations of dominance and regimes of

The book offers cases from diverse settings, including classrooms in Japan,
a coffee shop in Barcelona, secondary schools in South Africa, a backyard
in Rapa Nui (Easter Island), restaurant kitchens, a high school
administrator's office, a college classroom in the United States, and the
Internet. It also offers a genealogy of the notion of the "native speaker"
from the time of the Roman Empire. Employing linguistic, anthropological
and educational theories, the volume speaks not only to the analyses of
language use and language policy, planning, and teaching, but also to the
investigation of wider effects of language ideology on relations of
dominance, and institutional and discursive practices.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Anthropological Linguistics
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9783110220957
Pages: 390
Prices: Europe EURO 111.00
Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9783110220940
Pages: 390
Prices: Europe EURO 99.95