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The Controversy of the Concept of the “Native Speaker”.

17431. The Controversy of the Concept of the “Native Speaker”.

Taking a sociolinguistic perspective, this paper provides an overview and analysis of the controversial concept of the native speaker. The competing definitions for the term native speaker and its associated terms (e.g., non-native speaker, native language, mother tongue) are considered in detail. The native speaker/non-native speaker dichotomy and its sociolinguistic implications are examined. The concept of the native speaker is explored further through specific examples, including a look at the role of the native speaker in pidgin and creole and the native speaker concept within the context of the Native English/New Non-Native English dichotomy. KEYWORDS: linguistics nativity language standardization creole Indian English Black English. 19 pages, 64 footnotes, 23 bibliographic sources. 4,976 words.

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