'A call for a fundamental change in education.
Provocatively, he defines school as a place where teachers insist
the world can only be known through the abstractions of written
language. His book shows the fascinating ways in which children
express and exchange meaning on their progress to
literacy.' - New Scientist
'Before Writing has radical implications both for linguistic theory and for educational practice. It calls into question the accepted focus on written language as a privileged system of representation.' - Journal of Sociolinguistics