Perspectives on Language and Language Development

Essays in Honor of Ruth A. Berman

  • Dorit Diskin Ravid
  • Hava Bat-Zeev Shyldkrot

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. Introduction

    1. Dorit Ravid, Hava Bat-Zeev Shyldkort
      Pages 1-6
  3. Language and Discourse

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Hava Bat-Zeev Shyldkrot
      Pages 9-22
    3. The Hebrew Language in Israel

    4. The Interrelations of Language and Narrative

      1. Bernard Comrie
        Pages 105-114
      2. Dan I. Slobin
        Pages 115-129
      3. Yeshayahu Shen
        Pages 131-142
      4. Rachel Giora
        Pages 143-156
  4. A Developmental Perspective on Language and Discourse

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 157-157
    2. Tzur Sayag, Sidney Strauss
      Pages 159-171
    3. Early Language Acquisition and Emergent Literacy

    4. Narrative Development in the School Years

      1. Kenneth Holmqvist, Jana Holsanova, Victoria Johansson, Sven Strömqvist
        Pages 289-302
      2. Judy Reilly, Josie Bernicot, Stefano Vicari, Agnes Lacroix, Ursula Bellugi
        Pages 303-312
    5. Later Language and Literacy Development in the Context of Expository Texts

    6. 2nd Language Acquisition and Bilingualism

    7. Contexts of Literacy

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 473-482

About this book


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 multilingual perspectives.

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 information.


Bilingual Language Development bilingualism language language acquisition

Editors and affiliations

  • Dorit Diskin Ravid
    • 1
  • Hava Bat-Zeev Shyldkrot
    • 2
  1. 1.Constantiner School of Education and Department of Communications DisordersTel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael
  2. 2.French DepartmentTel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael

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