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
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.