Perspectives on Language and Language Development brings
together new perspectives on language, discourse and language
development in 31 chapters by leading scholars from several
countries with diverging backgrounds and disciplines. It is a
comprehensive overview of language as a rich, multifaceted system,
inspired by the lifework of Ruth A. Berman. Edited by Dorit Ravid
and Hava Bat-Zeev Shyldkrot, both from Tel Aviv University, Israel,
the book offers state-of-the-art portrayals of linguistic and
psycholinguistic phenomena with new insights on the interrelations
of language structure, discourse theory, and the development of
language and literacy. The volume presents innovative
investigations on the interface of language and narrative in a
broad range of languages, with a section devoted to linguistic
studies of Modern Hebrew. It traces the development of language and
literacy from early childhood through adolescence to maturity in
spoken and written contexts, and in monolingual as well as
Linguists, psycholinguists, discourse scholars, cognitive
psychologists, language teachers, education experts, and clinicians
working in the field of language and discourse will find this book
extremely useful both as a textbook and as a source of
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