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."
Methoden der Diskurslinguistik [Methods of Discourse Linguistics]
Sprachwissenschaftliche Zugänge zur transtextuellen Ebene
Within linguistics, discourse linguistics has now become established as a sub-discipline dealing with supratextual meaning relations and historically and culturally based knowledge. A large number of individual studies have been presented and the theoretical discussion is well advanced. What is still lacking, however, is a soundly-based methodology, which is where this volume comes in. The contributors present and discuss various investigative procedures.