How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.
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.