10.30 World Englishes and Language Acquisition

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Unformatted text preview: roficiency and Communicative Competence Gass: Native speaker as the best for input Native speaker is given the primary space Not in French, but only English France does not export hordes of French as a foreign language teachers Only UK and U. S. A. do for English as a Second Language Issues of Proficiency and Issues of Proficiency and Communicative Competence, contd. S. Sridhar (1994): Millions of people learn English from their own teachers (not American or British), to communicate with other non­native speakers in their own countries, and may never come across a native speaker in their entire life… Input comes from the people in one’s country, not native speakers Issues of Proficiency and Issues of Proficiency and Communicative Competence, contd. Why? Because, American Linguistics gives a special place to the native speaker as the only true and reliable source of language data Craze in Japan for native speakers Competence of non­native speakers from Outer Circle is as good as native speakers Some may exhibit superior capabilities Issues of Proficiency and Issues of Proficiency and Communicative Competence, contd. Mufwene observes: “what linguistics needs as an arbiter of a community’s norm is a proficient speaker”, which some native speaker’s may not be Native speaker is someone who has acquired the language on his/her mother’s knee…has intuitions about grammatical correctness Issues of Proficiency and Issues of Proficiency and Communicative Competence, contd. All of the criteria in SLA rely fundamentally on monolingual notions about language acquisition and secondarily on assumptions about family and other social factors that may not match the ideal at all What if the child is not brought up by the mother, but a non­native nanny? Issues of Proficiency and Issues of Proficiency and Communicative Competence, contd. Ferguson (1992): In fact, the whole mystique of native speaker and mother tongue should probably be quietly dropped from...
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