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
Linguistic Diversity and the Irish Traveller Minority
The Irish Travellers are one of Ireland's oldest minorities, a minority who have frequently lived on the margins of the "majority" or settled community. This volume explores linguistic change amongst this cultural group with a particular focus on the influence of the educational system. This book analyses whether increased attendance by young Traveller women in secondary education is influencing long-term change in linguistic usage and speech patterns. The tendency for convergence/non-convergence to the settled community's speech patterns is analysed as is the question of whether such speech variations are a strategy for "survival" in the school environment. This study is based on an analysis of both naturally-occurring conversation and speech as explored within an informal interview setting.