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 Presupposition and Discourse Functions of the Japanese Particle Mo
This work investigates the constraints on the usage of the Japanese particle mo and its discourse functions. The author claims that the usage of mo is constrained by the relation between the proposition within the scope of the particle (the 'host proposition' hereafter) and the context, defining 'context' as a set of propositions that the speaker assumes to be shared by the hearer. The analysis shows that, for the host proposition F(x) where x is the constituent marked by mo, the context must include an antecedent proposition H(y) such that y is not x and that F(x) entails H(x) such that H(x) is 'contextually relevant' to the context.