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To find some answers Tim Machan explores the language's present and past, and looks ahead to its futures among the one and a half billion people who speak it. His search is fascinating and important, for definitions of English have influenced education and law in many countries and helped shape the identities of those who live in them.

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Title: Language Development across Childhood and Adolescence
Edited By: Ruth A. Berman
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=TiLAR%203
Series Title: Trends in Language Acquisition Research 3

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.

Table of contents

List of contributors vii–viii
Series editor's preface ix–x
Preface xi–xiv
Research on later language development: International perspectives
Marilyn A. Nippold 1–8
Between emergence and mastery: The long development route of language
Ruth A. Berman 9–34
Lexical acquisition in the eraly school years
Julie E. Dockrell and David J. Messer 35–52
Derivational morphology revisited: Later lexical development in Hebrew
Dorit Ravid 53–81
Discursive constraints on the lexical realization of arguments in Spanish
Ekaterina Khorounjaia and Liliana Tolchinsky 83–109
Syntactic ability in children and adolescents with language and learning
Cheryl M. Scott 111–133
Growing into academic French
Harriet Jisa 135–161
Learning to spell in a deep orthography: The case of French
Sébastien Pacton and Michel Fayol 163–176
Text-writing development viewed through on-line pausing in Swedish
Asa Wengelin and Sven Strömqvist 177–190
The role of peer interaction in later pragmatic development: The case of
speech representation
Shoshana Blum-Kulka 191–210
On reading poetry: Expert and novice knowledge
Joan Peskin and David R. Olson 211–232
The nature and scope of later language development
Liliana Tolchinsky 233–248
References 249–287
Author Index 289–296
Subject Index 297–307

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Psycholinguistics
Language Acquisition
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588115828
ISBN-13: 9781588115829
Pages: xiv, 308 pp.
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