"The result is an academic study relevant to anyone interested in the way children (and adults) process language, as well as to classroom teachers looking for educational strategies to better serve their students. Summing Up: Recommended. All readership levels." - Choice "Its message should be a part of teacher education and broader education reform for all of us." - Teachers College Record "
This book's descriptions, explanations, and teaching suggestions are invaluable to teachers." -The Journal of Educational Research
"[T]his book is an impressive illustration of productive synergy between theory and practice.... [It] addresses with clarity those language-based concerns that have often served as barriers to affirming students' self-worth and ability to learn." - Language and Education
From the Back Cover
"In the ongoing debate about language we typically hear arguments about what students say and/or how they say it. Finally, a volume that takes on the 'elephant in the parlor' -- WHO is saying it. By laying bare the complicated issues of race, culture, region, and ethnicity, Charity Hudley and Mallinson provide a scholarly significant and practically relevant text for scholars and practitioners alike." --Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings, Kellner Family Chair in Urban Education and Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, author of The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African-American Children "An invaluable guide for teachers, graduate students, and all lovers of language. The authors provide a comprehensive and fascinating account of Southern and African American English, showing how it differs from standardized English, how these differences affect children in the classroom, and how teachers can use these insights to better serve their students." --Dr. Deborah Tannen, University Professor and Professor of Linguistics at Georgetown University, author of You Just Don't Understand and Talking from 9 to 5 "Language variation in English is one of the more misunderstood areas in education. The authors do an exceptional job of demystifying the topic by providing useful background material and practical insights. This volume is destined to become a foundational classic for teacher preparation and the ongoing professional development of educators." --Dr. Terrence G. Wiley, President of the Center for Applied Linguistics and Professor Emeritus, Arizona State University, author of Literacy and Language Diversity in the United States