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
Contemporary historical linguistics is characterized by basic instabilities in its theoretical foundations. The studies in this volume both reveal and question this theoretical instability. The authors reflect about the potentials and limitations of different paths to knowledge, different underlying theoretical and methodological principles, as well as about those aspects of research on the history of language linked to the history of science and epistemology.