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Words at Work and Play
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1. On being long in company; 2. A boy finds his mama(s); 3. The closeness of strangers; 4. Embracing talk; 5. Lines of vision; 6. The hand of play; 7. Ways with time and words; 8. Shaping the mainstream.

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A thirty year study tracking the changes in family life and language development in 300 working-class families from 1981 onwards.

About the Author

Shirley Brice Heath, a leading social historian and ethnographer of family life, is Margery Bailey Professor of English and Dramatic Literature and Professor of Linguistics, Emerita, at Stanford University. Her previous publications include Ways with Words: Language, Life, and Work in Communities and Classrooms (Cambridge University Press, 1983) and On Ethnography (2008, with Brian Street).

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'By following the children and grandchildren of Trackton and Roadville into adulthood, Heath provides a unique and moving account of how individuals' language use and lives are shaped by economic and technological developments. Like its predecessor, this is sure to be an instant classic.' Deborah Tannen, Georgetown University and author of You Just Don't Understand and Talking Voices
'The captivating story of how the black and white children Heath studied 30 years ago in her classic book Ways with Words managed to negotiate the American culture and economy.' Allan Collins, Professor Emeritus of Learning Sciences, Northwestern University
'A unique ethnography - at once, a decades-long portrait of families in the Piedmont Carolinas, a survey of the trials and opportunities of the working class, and a panorama of America.' Howard Gardner, author of Truth, Beauty, and Goodness Reframed
'... shows what linguistic anthropology can accomplish in the voice of an accomplished and stylish writer. Heath brings empathy and understanding to the successive hardships and struggles of ordinary families in the USA ... providing fascinating maps of the people's migration patterns, their changing ways of engaging with play and work, and the language interactions among parents and children.' Brian Street, Professor Emeritus of Language in Education, King's College London
"By following the children and grandchildren of Trackton and Roadville into adulthood, Heath provides a unique and moving account of how individuals' language use and lives are shaped by economic and technological developments. Like its predecessor, this is sure to be an instant classic." Deborah Tannen, Georgetown University and author of You Just Don't Understand and Talking Voices
"The captivating story of how the black and white children Heath studied thirty years ago in her classic book Ways with Words managed to negotiate the American culture and economy." Allan Collins, Professor Emeritus of Learning Sciences, Northwestern University
"A unique ethnography - at once, a decades-long portrait of families in the Piedmont Carolinas, a survey of the trials and opportunities of the working class, and a panaroma of America." Howard Gardner, author of Truth, Beauty, and Goodness Reframed
"... shows what linguistic anthropology can accomplish in the voice of an accomplished and stylish writer. Heath brings empathy and understanding to the successive hardships and struggles of ordinary families in the USA ... providing fascinating maps of the people's migration patterns, their changing ways of engaging with play and work, and the language interactions among parents and children." Brian Street, Professor Emeritus of Language in Education, King's College London

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