Mothers in cultures like the Gusii do not typically talk to their infants extensively (. Ochs & Schieffelin Ochs & Schieffelin, 1984; LeVine et al., 1994) nor, in the case of the Gusii of Kenya at least, engage in much or any eye-contact with them. They do not see infants as capable of communicating or of understanding language and so do not engage in the type of stimulating face-to-face interactions with them that are seen among . mothers and infants. Middle class mothers from the . tend to find this bizarre.