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
Kommunikationsreihen aus Gesprächen und Textkommunikaten [Communication Series from Conversations and Text Communication]
The theory of communication series is suggested as an alternative to discourse linguistics because it focuses not only on mass communications with reference to a thematic context, but examines every social communication including interpersonal communication between two persons or within a small group. Each element of communication is subject to three areas of level: (1) speech act and speech act sequences; (2) communication (conversations, text-based communication); (3) series as purpose-constituted consequences of communication. Series can be recursively embedded, extending as far as society-related and international series. Series are diachronic quantities with evolutionary levels.