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Native Speaker

  1. Alan Davies

Published Online: 5 NOV 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781405198431.wbeal0855

The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics

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Davies, A. 2012. Native Speaker. The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. .

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  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2012


what is it we are appealing to? What is it that human native speakers know? What sort of knowledge does the native speaker have? The answer is ambiguous: on the one hand there is the knowledge that an individual has of his/her own linguistic system.


  • adolescent development;
  • cognitive development;
  • first language acquisition;
  • second language acquisition;
  • sociolinguistics;
  • child language