Written and Spoken Language Development across the Lifespan

Essays in Honour of Liliana Tolchinsky

  • Joan Perera
  • Melina Aparici
  • Elisa Rosado
  • Naymé Salas

Part of the Literacy Studies book series (LITS, volume 11)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Joan Perera, Melina Aparici, Elisa Rosado, Naymé Salas
    Pages 1-13
  3. Early Literacy Development

  4. Later Literacy Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-179
    2. Emilie Ailhaud, Florence Chenu, Harriet Jisa
      Pages 287-305
    3. Naymé Salas, Anna Llauradó, Cristina Castillo, Mariona Taulé, M. Antònia Martí
      Pages 307-326
    4. Dorit Ravid, Tsila Shalom, Elitzur Dattner, Irit Katzenberger, Guy Sha’shoua
      Pages 345-359

About this book


This multidisciplinary volume offers insights on oral and written language development and how it takes place in literate societies. The volume covers topics from early to late language development, its interaction with literacy practices, including several languages, monolingual and multilingual contexts, different scripts, as well as typical and atypical development. Inspired by the work of Liliana Tolchinsky, a leading expert in language and literacy development, a group of internationally renowned scholars offers a state-of-the-art overview of current thinking in language development in literate societies in its broadest sense.


This book is a fitting tribute to Liliana Tolchinsky, one of the premier researchers in writing and language development. It delivers on the promise in the title to examine developmental relationships between oral and written language. Compared to the extensive research on relationships between reading and writing, there is relatively little work connecting speaking and writing. Comparisons between oral and written language demand detailed investigation of linguistic features, including semantics, morphology, syntax, and pragmatics, all of which are addressed. As primarily a cognitive researcher, I am aware that we do not pay adequate attention to linguistic factors in studying writing development and instruction. Several of the chapters provided insights that I will use in my own work. I anticipate that the book will be enthusiastically received by researchers with interests in writing development, linguistics, relationships between speech and writing, and writing assessment. Charles A. MacArthur, Professor, University of Delaware, USA


Bilingual child-directed speech Cohesion and coherence of narratives Correlation of text quality Development of referential choice Expressive writing difficulties French-speaking children Genre SES and writing literacy Language and literacy disorders Later language development Liliana Tolchinsky Linguistic correlates of text quality in Spanish Literacy development Literacy development difficulties Literate societies Narrative-clause combining Oral and written sentence generation Reading acheivements in first and second language... Reading and writing development Sentence reformulation and sentence generation Socio-cultural predictors of early literacy

Editors and affiliations

  • Joan Perera
    • 1
  • Melina Aparici
    • 2
  • Elisa Rosado
    • 3
  • Naymé Salas
    • 4
  1. 1.Departament de Didàctica de la Llengua i la LiteraturaUniversitat de BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Departament de Psicologia Bàsica, Evolutiva i de l’EducacióUniversitat Autónoma de BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain
  3. 3.Departament de Didàctica de la Llengua i la LiteraturaUniversitat de BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain
  4. 4.Departament de Didàctica de la Llengua i la Literatura, i de les Ciències SocialsUniversitat Autónoma de BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-21135-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-21136-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2214-000X
  • Series Online ISSN 2214-0018
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