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
Originally published in 1939, this volume contains the text of the inaugural lecture delivered by David Winton Thomas upon his accession to the Regius Professorship of Hebrew in the University of Cambridge on 30 January of that year. This book will be of value to anyone with an interest in the study of Hebrew or ancient linguistics more generally.
The recovery of the ancient Hebrew language: an inaugural lecture delivered on 30 January 1939.