chapter  3
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Language Contact and Areal Phenomena in Prehistoric Northwestern Europe

This chapter treats a specific geographical area which shows several important traces of language contact and sets up the discussion of specifically accentual parallels in the next chapter. These parallels clearly predate recorded texts, making direct evidence scarce. However, other evidence of language-contact induced change and cultural ties points toward likely areal or contact-related developments in prehistoric northern Europe, including accentual developments.