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
Pragmatics and Classical Sanskrit
Explores the possibilities and limitations of pragmatics research in classical Sanskrit concentrating on linguistic politeness. Such detailed text study supplements experimental studies (e.g. the Cross-Cultural Speech Act Realization project) and helps evaluate existing pragmatic theories constructed on the basis of contemporary languages.