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."
Entlehnung in der Kommunikation und im Sprachwandel [Borrowing and Integration of Loanwords from the Perspective of the Speaker]
De Gruyter Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für romanische Philologie 360
This work analyzes current borrowings and integration of loan words in the French language and in other Romance languages. The studied phenomena are analyzed exclusively from the perspective of the speakers. The main aim is to elucidate the complexity of these processes - how language undergoes change - and to work out a model which is adequate with respect to communication theory. In particular, the study takes into account the occurrence of competing forms of loan words that differ from each other in their degree of integration.