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."
Sinnbilder für Sprache [Images for Language. Metaphorical Alternatives to the Terminology-based Interpretation of Language]
Metaphorische Alternativen zur begrifflichen Erschließung von Sprache
Everybody is familiar with language, but this certainly does not mean that everybody has a sufficient understanding of language. Usually we try to objectivize our knowledge of language by using terminology. In the process we easily forget that language can also be concretized revealingly by means of images or symbols. This form of objectivization is particularly suitable for grasping the diverse and pragmatic potential functions of language. Moreover, images can also provide good access to the substructures of our terminology- based knowledge of language.