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."
Sprachkritik [Language Criticism. Approaches and Methods of Critical Language Observation]
Ansätze und Methoden der kritischen Sprachbetrachtung
This textbook provides an introduction into linguistically based language criticism for students of German studies and other philologies as well as for general readers interested in language criticism. The critique focuses on the merits of the German language with respect to acquisition, perception, recognition and presentation of the so-called extralinguistic reality. The approaches and practical possibilities of language criticism are presented from three perspectives: "Linguistics, Language Didactics" and from the point of view of the general public interested in language ("Folk Linguistics").
* Basic introduction * Linguistic methodological approach * Language use