Language Development across Childhood and Adolescence

Ruth A. Berman | Tel Aviv University
ISBN 9789027234735 (Eur) | EUR 85.00
ISBN 9781588115829 (USA) | USD 128.00
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This volume brings together work by scholars with backgrounds in linguistics, psycholinguistics, developmental psychology, education, and language pathology. As such, the book adds psycholinguistic and crosslinguistic perspectives to the clinical and classroom approaches that have dominated the study of “later language development”. Incorporating insights from prior language acquisition research, it goes beyond preschool age to consider both isolated utterances and extended discourse, conversational interactions and monologic text construction, and both written and spoken language use from early school-age across adolescence. Data from French, Hebrew, Spanish, and Swedish as well as English cover varied domains: morphology and lexicon, syntax and verb–argument structure, as well as peer interaction, spelling, processing of on-line writing, and reading poetry. The epilogue suggests explanations for the findings documented. Across the book, the authors show how cognitive and social maturation combines with increased literacy in the path taken by schoolchildren and adolescents towards the flexible deployment of a growing repertoire of lexical elements in varied morpho-syntactic constructions and different discourse contexts that constitutes the hallmark of maturely proficient language use.
[Trends in Language Acquisition Research, 3] 2004.  xiv, 308 pp.
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“The editor, Ruth A. Berman, must be congratulated on compiling a book of such high academic caliber. The book is not a systematic introductory book, but rather an impressive overview of the field, written by leading researchers. There is no doubt that this book will become a classic.”
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Language acquisition

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LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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