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."
The revised and expanded second edition of the Practical Guide to Syntactic Analysis is an indispensable resource for students and practitioners of syntax at all levels. The new edition adds a reference guide to over 60 grammatical phenomena that every syntactician should be familiar with.
Although not a textbook, it complements any course in syntax by covering matters that textbooks and instructors do not normally explain: the seductive metaphors of generative grammar; the character of linguistic argumentation; theory-independent guidance for refining and presenting analyses; and a capsule sketch of the evolution of syntactic theory into its current directions. As a reference book, the sections are relatively independent, and may be consulted in any order.