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Wed Feb 19 2003

Books: Sociolinguistics: Davies

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  1. kathryn, The Native Speaker: Davies

Message 1: The Native Speaker: Davies

Date: Wed, 19 Feb 2003 09:23:11 +0000
From: kathryn <>
Subject: The Native Speaker: Davies

Title: The Native Speaker
Subtitle: Myth & Reality 
Series Title: Bilingual Education & Bilingualism
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Multilingual Matters		 
Author: Alan Davies, University of Edinburgh 

Hardback: ISBN: 185359623X, Pages: 237, Price:
Comment: 2nd Edition
Paperback: ISBN: 1853596221, Pages: 237, Price:

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


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.

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).

Lingfield(s): Sociolinguistics
Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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