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
Die Rolle der norditalienischen Varietäten in der "Questione della lingua" [The Role of Varieties of Northern Italian in the 'Questione de la lingua']
Eine diachrone Untersuchung zu Sprachbewusstsein, Sprachwissen und Sprachbewertung
De Gruyter Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für romanische Philologie 357
Over a long period, Italian scholars discussed the norm of an Italian standard language. Finally, the language of Florentine poets of the 14th century emerged as winner in this competition of various models. Based on texts from the 13th to the 17th centuries, this book shows that in reflections on language norm, also Northern Italian dialects and common languages were frequently described, assessed and in part even defended as counter-model to the Tuscan language.