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."
Tempus und "Mündlichkeit" im Mittelhochdeutschen [Tense and Orality in Middle High German]
Zur Interdependenz grammatischer Perspektivensetzung und
What does the grammatical category tense have to do with orality, and how can this relationship be investigated in historical context? This study explores this question based on a detailed empirical investigation of the Middle High German tense system. Here the textual and functional distribution of the tenses are traced back to a binary structured system depending on two different discourse modes, thus showing an indirect relationship between tense and historical orality.