Last week, I received a parcel by the Peter Lang Verlag. Unfortunately, I was too excited to actually create an “unboxing video” (as described by Klaus Kerschensteiner in the first issue of 10plus1: Living Linguistics)… It contained the monograph The Personal Weblog: A Linguistic History that I had worked on whenever I had time in 2015.
It grew into more than a mere translation of my PhD-thesis – effectively, I wrote the book anew. And enjoyed it, as I had the feeling that I could write more freely after the content and the ideas had had some time to settle. The result is, at least I hope so, a readable monograph that is much shorter than my PhD thesis and that contains also a number of new ideas that hadn’t been developed at the time I wrote the PhD yet (e.g. actually mapping the prototypical distribution of features in diagrams that are based on statistics and, in fact, very much resemble Lemke’s (1999) theoretical sketches).
The book is now out for criticism and discussion – and I’m looking forward to both 🙂
I am very thankful to so many people who have accompanied me on the way to this book. Therefore, I’d like to reproduce the acknowledgements here: