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
Encouraging the reader to think about the way language works, this introductory overview of topics on the study of language provides explanations of its basic terms and ideas: including The Uniqueness of Human Language; The Grammatical Background; Language and Meaning; Variation in Language; Change in Language; Language, Mind and Brain; Learning a First Language; Attitudes to Language.