'One of the classic texts in educational praxis.' American Scientist
'Deserves to be widely read by all researchers on child language.' Journal of Child Language
'A milestone in understanding the roots of school achievement.' London Review of Books
'Should become a point of reference for all discussions of spontaneous oral story telling.' Harvard Educational Review
' ... captures the elusive nature of effective ethnography: involvement and empathy yield a sound and practical analysis.' Developments in Language Teaching
This unique social document records the intricate processes of language learning and language interaction in two working-class communities of the Piedmont Carolinas, one white and one black.