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
While linguistics traditionally focused on a language use oriented towards the written norm, this book emphasizes the interactional use of language. On a theoretical and empirical basis, the author develops linguistic concepts to analyze both spoken and written interactional language. By illustrating the relevance of syntactic structures of interactional language, the book also contributes to areas of applied linguistics, such as grammar writing and German as a second language.