The study also highlights the constructs of current linguistic theory, arguing for distinctive features and the notion 'onset' and against some of the claims of Optimality Theory and Usage-based accounts.
The importance of Henk Zeevat's new monograph cannot be overstated. [...] I recommend it to anyone who combines interests in language, logic, and computation [...]. David Beaver, University of Texas at Austin
The Dominance of English As a Language of Science: Effects on Other Languages and Language Communities
Contributions to the Sociology of Language
The book shows to what degree English is now the dominant language of science. It gives a world-wide overview of various countries on all continents aiming beyond description at explanation and even prediction of future developments. What are the effects of the dominance of English on languages and speakers? Are other languages still being modernized under these conditions? Are their speakers trapped at a permanent disadvantage, or do the advantages of a world-wide lingua franca outweigh disadvantages for everyone? The book provides important background information for language planning and language politics.