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
This book discusses the origins of a series of sound changes in English: it investigates their linguistic properties and social and cultural context to investigate why do sound changes happen when and where they do. Written with minimal use of jargon it will appeal to all serious students of English historical linguistics, from advanced undergraduates to researchers.