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."
Grammar of the Dialects of the Vernacular Syriac
As Spoken by the Eastern Syrians of Kurdistan, North-West Persia and the Plain of Mosul, with Notices of the Vernacular of the Jews of Azerbijan and of Zakhu Near Mosul
Originally published in 1895, this volume was created to provide a grammatical guide to the various dialects of the Eastern Syrians (Nestorians or Chaldeans) inhabiting the mountains of Kurdistan, the plains of Azerbaijan in north-west Persia, and Mosul in eastern Turkey. Highly organised and informative, the text provides a practical guide to the various dialects used in these areas, many of which had only recently begun to be written down. This is an important book that will be of value to anyone with an interest in Eastern Syriac and the history of linguistics.