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ERIC Number: ED481798
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 7
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Prescriptivism, Linguistic Variation, and the So-Called Privilege of the Nonnative Speaker.
Kerr, Betsy J.
This paper responds to Claire Kramsch's essay on the demise of the notion of the idealized native speaker as the model for second language learning and implications for second languages and cultures education. Focusing on French, this paper suggests that it is not certain whether the elevation of the native speaker model ever was as real or pervasive a problem as Kramsch suggests. It asks where linguistic code comes from if the native speaker norm is a fiction, noting that in the field of French language instruction, the canon of the grammatical tradition has maintained a very strong hold on the field, despite numerous calls to adapt instruction to the realities of the spoken language. The paper discusses concordances based on searches of selected corpora, suggesting that the ready availability of electronic texts and search engines can be a useful alternative to the defunct native speaker model and to the unadulterated grammatical canon. It notes that Kramsch's essay emphasizes the validation of diverse sociocultural perspectives offered by nonnative speakers, as well as aesthetic pleasures offered by linguistic foreignness, suggesting that the logical extension of this validation of nonnative perspectives, on the strictly linguistic level, challenges the field to reconsider notions of error and proponents of communicative approaches to language teaching. (Contains 14 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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