Language and literacy : studying discourse in communities and classrooms /
Eleanor Kutz.
Portsmouth, NH : Boynton/Cook Publishers : Heinemann, c1997.
vii, 319 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
0867093862 (acid-free paper)
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Portsmouth, NH : Boynton/Cook Publishers : Heinemann, c1997.
0867093862 (acid-free paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 307-313) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1997-06:
Those who require a dose of grammatical reality need to read this book. In her comments on language acquisition, Kutz (Univ. of Massachusetts at Boston) covers much of the linguistic ground that Steven Pinker did in The Language Instinct (CH, Jul'94). However, Kutz adds valuable sociological and political dimensions to her discussions of the language used in real life and language teaching. With devastating insight and penetrating perception, she explodes folk theories about language, showing how such theories often fuel the political machine. They appeal to vocal conservatives so lacking in accurate information about language acquisition and language change that their shrill objections appeal only to the deep-seated social prejudices of the uninformed. Unfortunately, the ebonics controversy in the school systems in Oakland, California, erupted late in 1996, after Kutz's study went to press. Much that Kutz says about language variety and change is germane to the politically fraught issue of ebonics, the street language of many African American children. Kutz's approach is humane and well informed. Teachers, school board members, and parents, as well as upper-division undergraduates and graduates, should read this book. Glossary. Highly recommended. R. B. Shuman; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Table of Contents
Studying Language in Speech Communities
Acquiring Language Creating Shared Meanings
Achieving Intentions and Purposes in Discourse
Using Structures/Shaping Texts
Acquiring and Using Varieties of Language
Extending Communicative Style Across Discourse Contexts Classroom
Discourse I-Encountering School Style Classroom
Discourse II-Studying the Language of Learning
Acquiring Literacy Writing in School
Discourse Contexts Afterword: An End and a Beginning
Appendix: A Guide to Studying in Speech Communities
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