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."
Tertiary Language Learning deals with L2 learning by advanced learners in an instructed context. This volume surveys recent developments in Second Language Acquisition and attempts to create a coherent pedagogical framework - Scenario-based Learning - developed as a response to changes in language teaching. Scenario-based Learning integrates insights from genre analysis and skills-based English for Specific Purpose teaching. It aims at helping tertiary-level language learners to manage their own learning, to master the genres appropriate to their studies and to acquire intercultural, pragmatic competence.