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
This readable yet scholarly book tells the fascinating story of the English language in three ways. It traces the history of the language from its obscure beginnings over 1500 years ago. It shows the geographical spread of the language in its increasing diversity. It looks at the present state of English as a global language and problems and uncertainties of its future. It argues that, in spite of the amazing variety and plurality of English, it remains a single language.