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."
The First Glot International State-of-the-Article book is a collection of overview articles which have previously been published in Glot International. They have been revised and updated, in which process special attention was given to the extensive bibliography, which constitutes an important part of each overview article. The articles offer an overview of the major developments of the past ten, fifteen years in a number sub-areas of linguistics. What were the main problems two decades ago? How has one gone about solving them? What solutions have been proposed? Which of these has survived till the present? What are the outstanding issues?