Note: This is the paperback edition of a previously announced book.
'It is not often that you are gripped by an academic book. I read Janet Maybin's book through in almost one reading, gripped by the range of insights she offers into children's off-record talk, her judicious use of social and cultural theory, her many new insights into the significance of styling and voicing emotion and evaluation in everyday dialogue, her careful building of new ways of talking about and describing talk among children. This is a highly significant contribution to language in education, to our understandings of language use and multiple but hitherto unnoticed aspects of the ways knowledge is constructed. It is a book that is likely to refocus educational research for many years to come, shifting the research landscape to the importance of talk outside the classroom for our understanding of 'official' talk inside the classroom. It is a book that is written in a lively and engaging style. In fact, it is a book that is not just gripping; it is genuinely groundbreaking.' - Ron Carter, Professor of Modern English Language, Nottingham University, UK