Ruth A. Berman
Linguistic Department, Tel-Aviv University

Curriculum Vitae

Complete CV can be downloaded as PDF here

Personal:

Born Cape Town, South Africa

 

Resident of Israel since 1954, widow, one child

 

Research Interests

 

Language acquisition, later language development, Modern Hebrew, cross-linguistic comparisons, functional linguistics, discourse analysis, genre theory.

 

Higher Education

1954

B.A. with distinction, University of Cape Town - Languages & Literature

1956

Teaching Diploma, Hebrew University, Jerusalem - English Language

1959

Diploma in Applied Linguistics, with distinction, University of Edinburgh

 

Dissertation: A comparative analysis of English verb usage in fiction and the sciences [Supervisor: M.A.K. Halliday]

1960-62

Graduate Studies in Educational Research, Hebrew University, Jerusalem

1964

M.A., Columbia University, New York - Linguistics, 2nd Language Learning

 

Dissertation: British linguistic theory and language learning [Supervisor: R.L. Allen]

1973

Ph.D., Hebrew University, Jerusalem - Hebrew Language and Linguistics

 

Dissertation: Verbal nouns in Modern Hebrew [in Hebrew] [Supervisor: Uzzi Ornan]

 

Professional Positions

1956-1958

Teacher of English as a Second Language, Beersheva High School

1960-1962

English Counselor, Israel Ministry of Education

 

Research Assistant, Hebrew University School of Education

1962-1964

Division Head, English as a Second Language, UN International School, New York

1965-1969

Instructor, English Language and Linguistics, Tel-Aviv University

1968-1973

Head, English Language Teaching Materials Unit, Tel-Aviv University

 

Consultant, English language programs, Educational Television, Israel

1970-1979

Lecturer, Linguistics, Tel-Aviv University

1979-

Linguistics Consultant, Open University, Israel

1979-1982

Senior Lecturer, Linguistics, Tel-Aviv University

1983-1989

Associate Professor, Linguistics, Tel-Aviv University

1989-2003

Professor, Linguistics, Tel-Aviv University

1997-

Tel Aviv University Chair in Language Across the Life Span

2001-2003

Senate representative, Tel Aviv University Steering Committee

2004-

Professor Emeritus, Tel Aviv University

2006-2009

Chair, Advisory committee on Language and Literary, Israel Initiative for
Applied Education Research

2009-

Expert Consultant, Grup de Recerca per a l’Estudi del Repertori Lingűistic (GRERLI), section of Grup de recerca consolidat (GRC), University of Barcelona -- sponsored by Grups de Recerca de Catalunya (SGR)

2011-2015

Academic Consultant, Open University Israel course on Language Acquisition in Normally-Developing and Language-Impaired Populations

2011-2012

Chair, Committee on Grants in Language and Linguistics, Israel Science Foundation

2012-2013

Member, ad hoc Committee for Evaluation of Linguistics Studies in Israel, Council for Higher Education, Israel

2013-

Member, Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities

2015-

Coordinator, Young Scholars’ Forum in Linguistics, Israel Academy of Science and Humanities

 

Visiting Positions

1977-1978

Visiting Lecturer, Near Eastern Studies, University of California at Berkeley

1982-1983

Fellow, Institute of Advanced Studies, Hebrew University

1985-1986

Visiting Associate Professor, Near Eastern Studies, and

 

Research Associate in Cognitive Science, University of California at Berkeley

Fall 1994

Visiting Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Spring 1995

Visiting Professor - University of Southern California, Linguistics

1999-2000

Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of Barcelona

2000-2001

Research Associate, Laboratoire dynamique du langage, Université Lumière Lyon2

 

Grants and Awards

1954

University of Cape Town, distinguished graduate award;

 

French Embassy, Cape Town, French studies medal

1958-59

British Council, Israel, scholarship for postgraduate study in Applied Linguistics, University of Edinburgh

1963

American Council of Learned Societies, grant to participate in Linguistic Institute

1970, 72

Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, grants for doctoral research

1980-82

Israel Academy of Sciences, Basic Research Fund [ISF]

 

Grant for study of Language loss, with E. Olshtain, Tel Aviv University

1981-82

Child Development Studies, Yael Anna Foundation

 

Grant for adaptation of language assessment scale

1982-84

U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation [BSF]

 

Grant for study of Aquisition of tense/aspect, with D. I. Slobin, UC Berkeley

1986

National Science Foundation [NSF]

1987

Grants for crosslinguistic study of Temporality in narrative, with D. I. Slobin

1988-91

German-Israel Binational Science Foundation [GIF]

 

Grant for study of Crosslinguistic acquisition of word order, with J. Weissenborn,

Max-Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen

1988-90

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft [DFG]

 

Grant for study of Continuity and discontinuity in acquisition of French, German, and Hebrew, with J. Weissenborn

1988-91

U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation [BSF]

 

Grant for study of Lexical productivity, with E. V. Clark, Stanford University

1993-96

Max-Planck Research Award of the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiflung and the Max-Planck Gesellschaft, with Dr. J. Weissenborn

 

Grant for Crosslinguistic study of acquisition of verb-argument structure

1994

Tel Aviv University "Keshet" (upgrading of infrastructure)

 

Grant for Hebrew child language data-base coding and analysis

1996-98

Israel Academy of Sciences, Basic Research Fund [ISF]

 

Grant for study of The oral/literate continuum, with Dorit Ravid

1997-2000

Spencer Foundation, Chicago, Illinois, Major Research Grant, Principal Investigator – International Project (seven countries) on Developing literacy in different contexts and in different languages

2000

Academic Achievements Award, South African Zionist Federation

2000

Bousière du gouvernement français au Laboratoire dynamique du langage (Egide), Université Lyon 2 et CNRS

2001-03

Israel Ministry of Education Grant for study of Linguistic register, with Dorit Ravid

2002-03

Israel Foundations Trustees, Grant for study of Sociolinguistic variation in developing text production abilities, with Dorit Ravid

2004-07

U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation [BSF]

 

Grant for study of Developing language and discourse abilities in pre-adolescence: A cross-linguistic study of different populations, with Marilyn Nippold, University of Oregon, and Dorit Ravid, Tel Aviv University

2004-2007

German-Israel Foundation for Research and Development [GIF]

 

Grant for study of Advanced learner language: Cross-linguistic perspectives, with Christiane von Stutterheim, University of Heidelberg

2007-2010

Israel Science Foundation [ISF]

 

Grant for study of the Morphology-semantics interface in the mental lexicon

2009-2010

Tel Aviv University Keren Idud research-support fund

2010-2013

Israel Science Foundation [ISF]

 

Grant for study of Clause-combining in Hebrew from early childhood to adolescence with Bracha Nir-Sagiv, Haifa University

2012

EMET Prize for Science, Art, and Culture -- Linguistics

2013

Honorary Doctorate, University of Haifa

 

Professional Affiliations

Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities

Life member since 2013

Linguistic Society of America

Honorary life member since 2011

Spanish Association for Study of Language Acquisition

Honorary life member since 2010

Israel Academy of Sciences and Rothschild Foundation, Applied Education Research Initiative on Language and Literacy

Chair, Advisory Board, 2006-2009

U.S.-Israel Educational Foundation [Fulbright]

Board of directors, 1992-1994

International Association for the Study of Child Language

President 1993-1996

 

Executive Committee 1987-1993

Tel Aviv Univ. Unit for Human Development & Education

Founding member, Advisory Board

Israel Center for Educational Technology

Advisory Board – dictionary

Israel Association of Applied Linguistics

Founding member

Israel Association of Theoretical Linguistics

 

 

Editorial Boards / Advisory Editor

Hebrew Linguistics; Israeli Journal of Literacy and Language; Journal of Child Language; Linguistics; Languages, Interaction and Acquisition; Narrative Inquiry; Oxford Research Encylopedia of Linguistics; Trends in Language Acquisition Research; Written Language and Literacy

Ad Hoc Reviewing

Applied Linguistics, Applied Psycholinguistics, Brain and Language, Cognitive Development, Cognitive Processes, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Discourse and Society, Discourse Processes, Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics, First Language, Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, Journal of Child Language, Journal of Narrative Inquiry, Journal of Pragmatics, Journal of Speech & Hearing Research, Language Learning, Language and Memory, Lingua, Linguistics, Morphology 2000, Multingual Matters, Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Linguistics, Pragmatics & Cognition, Reading and Writing, Text

United States Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF), European Science Foundation (ESF), German-Israel Foundation for Research and Development (GIF), Israel Academy of Sciences, Israel Foundations Trustees (Ford Foundation Educational Fund), Kurt Leon Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities (U.S.A.), National Science Foundation (U.S.A.), National Institute of Health (U.S.A)