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 book presents a collection of texts in Gagauz language from Bulgaria. Being a Turkic language, as other minority languages Gagauz was forbidden in Bulgaria. The assimilatory processes during the years of communism in Bulgaria forced the Gagauz minority to assimilation and nowadays Gagauz language in Bulgaria is registered in the book of UNESCO for endangered languages.
The published text in the book were collected in mid 1980s in Northeast part of Bulgaria and they are published for first time. This has been the only collection of oral history among the Bulgarian Gagauz minority for last 50 years. The texts document the development of the language during this period, when the language was alive and used in home environment.
The present collection is targeting students in Turkology, researchers and anyone interested in Turkic Studies. (written in Gagauz).