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."
Lexikon sprachtheoretischer Grundbegriffe des 17. und 18. Jahrhunderts
With its 60 articles on some 200 terms, the dictionary provides a description of the individual concepts in which 17th and 18th century thinking on language was represented in texts. Account is taken not only of the synchronic perspective and the continuation of tradition, but also of the epochal dynamics which made it possible for 17th and 18th century thinking on language to provide possible conceptualisations for succeeding ages.