It was about one and a half years ago that I finally I arrived where I had always wanted to be and do what I had always wanted-- teach students, support small language communities and conduct research on African languages on my doorstep. The University of Cape Town and my new colleagues welcomed my efforts to establish the Centre for African Language Diversity-- CALDi as well as The African Language Archive-- TALA and I was recently appointed the Mellon Research Chair: African Language Diversity this initiative. The main aim of CALDi is to train young African scholars in descriptive linguistics and open up space for research into African languages at UCT with the hopes of countering the dominance of African linguistics outside the continent. It has been a great challenge for which my whole career has been a form of preparation...Read more
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Key Features Brings together a range of views on the concept of the native speaker including psycholinguistic, linguistic and sociolinguistic aspects Concludes that all characteristics of the native speaker (except early childhood exposure) are contingent
Description 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.
Contents Preface to First edition Preface to Second edition Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: Psycholinguistic aspects of the native speaker Chapter 3: Linguistic aspects of the native speaker Chapter 4: Sociolinguistic aspects of the native speaker Chapter 5: Lingualism and the knowledges of the native speaker Chapter 6: Communicative aspects of the native speaker Chapter 7: Intelligibility and the speech community Chapter 8: Losing one's language Chapter 9: Assessment and second language acquisition research Chapter 10: Conclusion: who is the native speaker? Appendix/ References/ Index
Author information 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).