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ERIC Number: EJ921019
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-1345-8353
Some thoughts on the Native Speaker of English
No, Keum Sook; Park, Kyung-Ja
Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, v12 n2 p71-92 2008
The purpose of this paper is to reconsider the concept of the native speaker of English in light of the heightened status of English as a global language. The broadening and acceptance of criteria regarding who is a native speaker is historically discussed and placed in a modern context. In particular, perceptions towards the English native speaker and the relationship between language and culture were explored through a semi-structured oral interview administered to 56 respondents. Questions in the interview explored perceptions towards non-native speaker's use of English, cultural influence on language, and intercultural communication, among other topics. Interview results show that the respondents are aware that the spread of English across the world has reshaped the notion of the native speaker and the ownership of English. Respondents also recognize the inseparable relationship between language and culture. It is suggested that instead of the term "native speaker of English" the term "glocalized or global English speaker" better reflects the somewhat ambiguous nature of English speakers. (Contains 10 endnotes and 15 diagrams.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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