Defining 'native speaker' in multilingual settings: English as a native language in Asia
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AbstractThe current study examines how and why speakers of English from multilingual contexts in Asia are identifying as native speakers of English. Eighteen participants from different contexts in Asia, including Singapore, Malaysia, India, Taiwan, and The Philippines, who self-identified as native speakers of English participated in hour-long interviews probing language backgrounds, language use and constructions of native speaker identities of both English and other languages. The study employed Leung, Harris, and Rampton's [1997. 'The Idealised Native Speaker, Reified Ethnicities, and Classroom Realities.' TESOL Quarterly 31(3): 543-560] constructs of affiliation, inheritance, and expertise to analyse how the participants defined native speaker in multilingual contexts. Findings indicate that speakers of English in Asia do not identify themselves as native speakers in comparison or contrast to inner circle speakers of English but rather view themselves as native speakers in their own right. As such, defining native speaker in multilingual contexts appears to be a localised, self-reflexive practice.
Acceptance Date29/10/2016
All Author(s) ListJette G. Hansen Edwards
Journal nameJournal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development
Year2017
Volume Number38
Issue Number9
PublisherRoutledge
Pages757 - 771
ISSN0143-4632
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
Keywordsworld Englishes, native speaker, multilingualism, native languages

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