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
Aufforderung im Französischen [Requesting in French. A Contribution to the History of Linguistic Politeness]
Ein Beitrag zur Geschichte sprachlicher Höflichkeit
Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für romanische Philologie 358
Linguistic history and cultural history are closely related. This is demonstrated in the study on the phenomenon of linguistic politeness in French requests, e.g. requesting, ordering, suggesting and advising. On a purely linguistic basis, there are indications of a development away from the concept of medieval politeness, which was primarily based on building up close relationships to a concept which among other things takes the personal freedom of the interlocutor into consideration. This change can be explained with general intellectual developments.