Ruth A. Berman
Linguistic Department, Tel-Aviv University

Selected Works

Complete publications list can be downloaded as PDF here.

A PDF version is available for most of the articles.

Books and Monographs


R. A. Berman. Modern Hebrew Structure. Tel Aviv: University Publishing Projects, 452 pp.


R. A. Berman. Acquisition of Hebrew. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum, 116 pp. [Also in D. I. Slobin, ed. Crosslinguistic Study of Language Acquisition, Volume I, Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum, pp. 255-371]


R. A. Berman & D. I. Slobin. Relating Events in Narrative: A Crosslinguistic Developmental Study. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum, 748 pp.


Edited Volumes


R. A. Berman, Editor, Journal of Pragmatics, 37, 2. [Special Issue on Developing Discourse Stance across Adolescence].


R. A. Berman, Editor, Acquisition and Development of Hebrew: Infancy to Adolescence. Trends in Language Acquisition Research series (TiLAR), Volume 19. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.


Articles, Chapters, Reviews


R. A. Berman. “Early verbs: How and why a child uses her first words” International Journal of Psycholinguistics, 5, pp. 21-29. PDF


R. A. Berman. "Form and function: Passives, middles, and impersonals in Modern Hebrew". Berkeley Linguistic Society, 5, pp. 1-27. PDF


R. A. Berman. "The (re)emergence of a bilingual: Case-study of a Hebrew-English child". Working Papers in Bilingualism, 19, pp. 157-179. PDF


R. A. Berman. "Children's regularization of plural forms in the Hebrew noun system". Papers and Reports on Child Language Development, 20, pp. 34 - 44. PDF


R. A. Berman. "On the nature of oblique objects in bitransitive constructions". Lingua, 56, pp. 101-125. PDF


R. A. Berman & D. I. Slobin. "Five ways of learning how to talk about events: A crosslinguistic study of children's narratives". University of California, Berkeley: Cognitive Science Report 46. PDF


R. A. Berman. "Issues and problems in Modern Hebrew research". Praqim, 7, pp. 84-96. [in Hebrew] PDF


R. A. Berman. "A developmental route: Learning about the form and use of complex nominal". Linguistics, 27, pp. 1057-1085. PDF


R. A. Berman. "Productivity in the lexicon: New-word formation in Modern Hebrew". Folia Linguistica, 21, pp. 425-461. PDF


R. A. Berman. "Acquiring an (S)VO language: Subjectless sentences in children's Hebrew". Linguistics, 28, pp. 1135-1166. PDF


R. A. Berman. "The development of language use: Expressing perspectives on a scene". In E. Dromi, ed. Language and Cognition: A Developmental Perspective; Norwood, NJ: Ablex, pp. 172-201. PDF


R. A. Berman. "Marking of verb transitivity by Hebrew-speaking children". Journal of Child Language, 20, pp. 641-669. PDF


R. A. Berman. "Developmental perspectives on transitivity: A confluence of cues". In Y. Levy, ed. Other Children, Other Languages: Issues in the Theory of Acquisition. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum, pp. 189-241. PDF


R. A. Berman. "Narrative competence and storytelling performance: How children tell stories in different contexts". Journal of Narrative and Life History 5, 4, pp. 285-313. PDF


R. A. Berman. "Typological perspectives on connectivity". In N. Dittmar & Z. Penner, eds. Issues in the theory of language acquisition. Bern: Peter Lang, pp. 203-224 PDF


R. A. Berman. "Children’s innovative verbs vs. nouns: Structured elicitations and spontaneous coinages". In L. Menn & N. Bernstein-Ratner, eds. Methods for Studying Language Production. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum, pp. 69-93. PDF


R. A. Berman. "Setting the narrative scene: How children begin to tell a story". In A. Aksu-Koç, C. Johnson, & K. Nelson, eds. Children’s Language Vol. 10. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum, pp. 1-31. PDF


J. S. Reilly, H. Jisa, E. Baruch, & R. A. Berman. "Modal expression of propositional attitudes". Written Languages and Literacy, Volume 5, 2, pp. 183-218. PDF


R. A. Berman & I. Katzenberger. "Form and function in introducing narrative and expository texts: A developmental perspective". Discourse Processes, 38, pp. 57-94. PDF


R. A. Berman. "Between emergence and mastery: The long developmental route of language acquisition". In Language Development across Childhood and Adolescence. Trends in Language Acquisition Research, Vol 3. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, pp. 9-34. PDF


R. A. Berman & B. Nir-Sagiv. "Clause-packaging in narratives: A crosslinguistic developmental study". In J. Guo, et al. Crosslinguistic Approaches to the Psychology of Language: Research in the Tradition of Dan I. Slobin. NY: Taylor & Francis, pp. 149-162. PDF


R. A. Berman. "Acquisition of compound constructions". In R. Lieber & P. Stekauer, eds. Handbook of Compounding. Oxford University Press, pp. 298-322. PDF


R. A. Berman. "Revisiting impersonal constructions in Hebrew: Corpus-based perspectives". In A. Malchov & A. Sierwieska, eds. The Typology of Impersonal Constructions. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, pp. 323-355 PDF


R. A. Berman & L. Lustigman. "HARSP: A developmental language profile for Hebrew". In M. J. Ball, D. Crystal, & P. Fletcher, eds. Assessing Grammar: The Languages of LARSP  Communication Disorders across Languages Series: Multilingual Matters, pp. 43-76. PDF


R. A. Berman. "Revisiting roots in Hebrew: A multi-faceted view" [in English]. In M. Muchnik & Z. Sadan. Studies on Modern Hebrew and Jewish Languages in Honor of Ora (Rodriguez) Schwarzwald [in Hebrew]. Jerusalem: Carmel Press, pp. 132-158. PDF


R.A. Berman. "Cross-linguistic comparisons in child language research". Journal of Child Language, Special 40th Anniversary issue, pp. 26-38 PDF


R.A. Berman. "Acquiring and expressing temporality in Hebrew: A T/(M/A) Language". SKASE Journal of Theoretical Linguistics 11, 2, pp. 2-29 PDF


R.A. Berman. "Linguistic literacy and later language development". In J. Perera, M. Aparici, E. Rosado, & N. Salas, eds. Written and Spoken Language Development across the Lifespan: Essays in Honor of Liliana Tolchinsky. New York: Springer Verlag, 181-200 PDF


R. A. Berman. "Language development and use beyond the sentence". In E. Bavin & L. Naigles, eds. Cambridge Handbook of Language Development.  Cambridge University Press, 458-480


R. A. Berman. “Typology, acquisition, and development:  The view from Israeli Hebrew”. In R. A. Berman (ed.) Acquisition and Development of Hebrew: Infancy to Adolescence. Trends In Language Acquisition Research Series (TiLAR 19). Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 1-38