- ISBN 9781853596223 / 1853596221
- Title The Native Speaker
- Author Alan Davies
- Category Sociolinguistics
Historical & Comparative Linguistics
- Format Paperback
- Year 2003
- Pages 288
- Publisher Channel View Publications Ltd
- Imprint Multilingual Matters Ltd
- Edition 2nd
- Dimensions 148mm x 210mm x 208mm
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.
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).