Language Development across Childhood and Adolescence

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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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Carol Goldfus
The editor, Ruth A. Berman, must be congratulated on compiling a book of such high academic caliber. The book is not a systematic introductory book, but rather an impressive overview of the field, written by leading researchers. There is no doubt that this book will become a classic.
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Research on later language development : international perspectives 1
Between emergence and mastery : the long developmental route of language acquisition 9
Lexical acquisition in the early school years 35
Derivational morphology revisited : later lexical development in Hebrew 53
Discursive constraints on the lexical realization of arguments in Spanish 83
Syntactic ability in children and adolescents with language and learning disabilities 111
Growing into academic French 135
Learning to spell in a deep orthography : the case of French 163
Text-writing development viewed through on-line pausing in Swedish 177
The role of peer interaction in later pragmatic development : the case of speech representation 191
On reading poetry : expert and novice knowledge 211
The nature and scope of later language development 233
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