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Title: The Native Speaker
Subtitle: Myth & Reality 2nd Edition
Written By: Alan Davies
Series Title: Bilingual Education & Bilingualism
Description:

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).

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Multilingual Matters
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