This volume contains the edited proceedings of a symposium held in honor of Professor Isabelle Y. Liberman. The event was part of the International Orton Society Conference that took place on November 10-12, 1988 in Tampa, Florida.
The symposium was organized around four themes that represent the major directions of Dr. Liberman's research on reading acquisition and reading disability: (1) the relationship between phonological awareness and success in learning to read and write; (2) the development of phonological awareness; (3) the investigation of other phonological processes associated with reading and writing performance; and (4) the implications of current research on these matters for reading instruction. To give adequate representation to the breadth of the research spawned by Isabelle Liberman's career, we elected to include a seed paper on each of these topics, followed by commentaries that introduced additional research findings and theoretical considerations. As the plans crystallized, we regretted that we could not include all the researchers who drew inspiration from Isabelle Liberman in the one day allotted to the symposium.
There was a consensus that the event was a resounding success. The talks and exchanges were lively, stimulating, and often provocative. The entire day was a moving testimony to the magnitude of Isabelle Liberman's influence on the reading field. And, happily, it was an event deeply appreciated by her. On the evening of the symposium day, Isabelle Liberman was presented with an additional honor, The Samuel T. Orton Award. She commented at the award banquet that it had been the best day of her life.
We had, of course, looked forward to presenting Isabelle with this book, as a lasting tribute to her contributions to knowledge. To the deep distress of