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."
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Analysen zur arealtypologischen Komplexität der Dialekte in Deutschland
This book establishes new criteria for defining the German linguistic landscape. Several spatio-structural analyses are devoted to describing and explaining phenomena of linguistic geography and historical processes, such as the reconciliation of dialects during and since the 19th century. The result is a data-driven model of historical dialects that contributes to our understanding of the dynamics of language. By linking the analysis to extra-linguistic factors, it also serves as a structural bridge for cultural scholars working in other disciplines.