Ways with Words Language, Life and Work in Communities and Classrooms

ISBN-10: 0521273196
ISBN-13: 9780521273190
Edition: 1996
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Book details

List price: $69.99
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 7/7/1983
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 450
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

Ways with Words is a classic study of children learning to use language at home and at school in two communities only a few miles apart in the south-eastern United States. 'Roadville' is a white working-class community of families steeped for generations in the life of textile mills; 'Trackton' is a black working-class community whose older generations grew up farming the land but whose current members work in the mills. In tracing the children's language development the author shows the deep cultural differences between the two communities, whose ways with words differ as strikingly from each other as either does from the pattern of the townspeople, the 'mainstream' blacks and whites who hold power in the schools and workplaces of the region. Employing the combined skills of ethnographer, social historian, and teacher, the author raises fundamental questions about the nature of language development, the effects of literacy on oral language habits, and the sources of communication problems in schools and workplaces.

Photographs, maps, figures, tables, texts
Acknowledgments
Prologue
Note on transcriptions
Ethnographer Learning
The piedmont: textile mills and times of change
'Gettin' on' in two communities
Learning how to talk in Trackton
Teaching how to talk in Roadville
Oral traditions
Literate traditions
The townspeople
Ethnographer Doing
Teachers as learners
Learners as ethnographers
Epilogue
Epilogue - 1996
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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