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."
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.