This book "asserts that the origin and spread of languages must be examined primarily through the time-tested techniques of linguistic analysis, rather than those of evolutionary biology" and "defends traditional practices in historical linguistics while remaining open to new techniques, including computational methods" and "will appeal to readers interested in world history and world geography."
Language Obsolescence and Revitalization: Linguistic Change in Two Sociolinguistically Contrasting Welsh Communities
Mari C. Jones's book is the first to examine developments in contemporary Welsh with reference to both language death and standardization. She bases her study on extensive fieldwork in two sociolinguistically contrasting communities She also examines agents of revitalization, such as immersion schools and the media, and the effect they are having on Welsh. She explores and discusses the position of Breton and Cornish by way of comparison.