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
Nähe und Distanz im Kontext variationslinguistischer Forschung [Proximity and Distance in the Context of Research into Linguistic Variation]
The terms ‘proximity’ and ‘distance’ signify conceptual characteristics of orality and literacy. In that branch of linguistic research dealing with linguistic variation, ‘proximity vs. distance’ is a central area of enquiry along with fields such as dialectology, languages for specialist purposes or text typology. The present volume examines commonalities and differences along the topic areas of ‘proximity and diatopic variation,’ ‘proximity and diachronic variation,’ ‘proximity and diaphasic variation’ and ‘proximity and grammaticalisation.’