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CHILD LANG ACQUISITION
Berman, Ruth A., & Slobin, Dan I. RELATING EVENTS IN NARRATIVE:
 A CROSSLINGUISTIC DEVELOPMENTAL STUDY
 Lawrence Erlbaum Associates US $45 prepaid (cloth)
 ISBN 0-8058-1435-3 xiv, 748 pp.
The authors, with collaborators from several countries,
explore uses of linguistic forms in narrative, in both a
developmental and crosslinguistic framework. Contributors
are psychologists and linguists, taking a functional typo-
logical approach. The study is based on a large
crosslinguistic corpus of narratives, all elicited by the
same picture storybook, in English, German, Spanish,
Hebrew, and Turkish, from preschool and school-age children,
as well as adults. The findings deal with both universal
and language-specific patterns of development, suggesting
a new approach to questions of language and thought.
LANG ACQUISITION
Gass, Susan & Larry Selinker (eds.) LANGUAGE TRANSFER IN LANGUAGE
LEARNING (rev. ed.) (new pb ed.) LANG ACQUISITION
John Benjamins 1994 x, 236 pp.
 Cloth US: 1 55169 240 1/EUR: 90 272 2468 4 US$49.00/Hfl.
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 Paper US: 1 55619 248 7/EUR: 90 272 2476 5 US$24.95/Hfl.
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The study of native language influence in Second Language Acquisition
has undergone significant changes over the past few decades. This
volume traces the conceptual history of language transfer from its
early role within a Contrastive Analysis framework to its current
position within Universal Grammar. For the present book the 1983
edition has been thoroughly revised, and some papers have been
replaced, some added.
Contributors: S. Gass, L. Selinker, S. Pit Corder, J. Schachter, J.
Ard, T. Homburg, E. Broselow, J.K. Gundel, E.F. Tarone, H.G. Bartelt,
R.C. Scarcella, P. Jordens, H. Zobi, U. Lakshmanan, L. White.
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