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."
This monograph on the verb "have" in the function of a full verb asserts that have-constructions in the syntactic analysis are to be placed in relationship with absolute with-constructions (cf. "Mit den Füßen auf dem Tisch erwarte ich meine Schwiegereltern" [Literal translation: "With my feet on the table I expect my parents-in-law"]. Furthermore, the study also contributes to a better understanding of the syntax and semantics of adjectives. The findings are interpreted within the context of generative and optimal theoretical models.