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."
Research Genres discusses today's research world, its various configurations of genres, and the role of English within them. Theoretical and methodological issues are explored, with a special emphasis on various metaphors of genre. The book is full of carefully-worked detail and each chapter ends with suggestions for pedagogical practice. Research Genres provides a rich and scholarly account of this key area.