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 first of two volumes deriving from papers presented at the Nineteenth Annual UWM Linguistic Symposium in April 1990, this work investigates the general question of what constitutes an explanation of diachronic change, and illustrates proposals in the context of various specific problems in historical linguistics.