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
The Rise of Functional Categories
In recent years, within the GB/Minimalist framework and in Universal Grammar, word order has become viewed as determined by functional as well as lexical categories. This work argues that language learners must decide whether to incorporate categories into their grammar and that the availability of categories varies from language to language.