Re: [xmca] Harold Rosen

From: Gordon Wells <gwells who-is-at>
Date: Sun Aug 10 2008 - 09:39:17 PDT

>Carol says:
>Thank you for this--to meet Harold Rosen again. I do believe that he was
>possibly the first understood the nature of language and its functions in
>different communities. In the early 70s as a student, we read a paper
>called "The language of the hard core poor" which I believe paved the way
>for descriptive sociolinguistics, in USA (Labov) and the UK.(Bernstein)
>Go well, Harold and thank you.
>2008/8/4 <>

I also remember Harold with admiration and gratitude. He was a great
teacher and a powerful speaker for the cause of equitable and
relevant education for all students. I particularly remember
listening to a talk he gave about narrative at a conference in Canada
- apparently without notes. Later I read the article and it seemed to
be word for word the same as his talk. There are few people who can
make a written text read like spontaneous speech and spontaneous
speech have the coherence and elegance of a polished piece of

It is good news that his ideas are now being adopted by the
government policymakers in Britain.

Gordon Wells

Gordon Wells
Department of Education
University of California, Santa Cruz
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