The concept of the “native speaker” is interpreted in different ways. Such famous linguists like Noam Chomsky, Frederic G. Cassidy, J. K. Chambers, Nancy C. Dorian and others have discussed the role of the native speaker in applied linguistics, as well as examined the relation between the native speaker and the non-native speaker. Various definitions of the concept are considered. Is the native speaker: myth or reality? Is it possible to find the middle point? The concept of a native speaker seems clear enough, doesn’t it? If it is so – why than so many questions do arise on this topic? It’s like a mystery covered with gloom. There are many deadlock points which will be shown in the text below.
As it was said previously there are many definitions for the concept “native speaker”. Let’s take Prof. Gates considers that: If “mother tongue” is obvious, perhaps “native speaker” can be defined as “one who speaks a language as his/her mother tongue.” Prof. Chomsky must conclude that 'everyone is a Native Speaker of the particular language states that the person has 'grown' in his/her mind/brain.…
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