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 Earliest Stage of Language Planning: The 'First Congress' Phenomenon
Successful congresses and the circumstances leading to them are differentiated from those that have no discernible effects on the problems facing their particular languages. This is the first such investigation.