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."
Linguistic, Cognitive, and Computational Perspectives
This book presents a collection of papers on the issue of focus in its broadest sense. While commonly considered as being related to phenomena such as presupposition and anaphora, focusing is much more widely spread, and it is this pervasiveness that the current collection addresses. The work loosely originates from a conference held in 1994 in Schloss Wolfsbrunnen in Germany, although only a small subpart of the proceedings papers presented are included here. The contributed papers have been reworked for the current volume to present a coherent study of the subject.