A (micro-)accretion zone in a remnant zone? Lower Fungom in areal-historical perspective
MetadataShow full item record
It will be argued here that the notion of an accretion zone is valuable for understanding the linguistic situation of Lower Fungom, and the ways in which the region diverges from exemplary cases of accretion zones make its study worthwhile to coming to a better understanding of the external and internal dynamics of regions showing extreme patterns of diversity. As such, the goal of this paper is not to “prove” that Lower Fungom is (or is not) an accretion zone. Rather, it is to explore the multifaceted notion of the accretion zone in the context of this particular region to help us, on the one hand, refine the typology of linguistic areas developed by Nichols (1992) and, on the other hand, derive interesting research questions for further work as suggested by that typology.