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
Strukturen im Sprachraum
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.