Request for References

Terrell (terrell@FMNH785.FMNH.ORG)
Mon, 11 Sep 1995 11:53:42 -0500

Can anyone out there in ANTHRO-L Country refer me to
recent and insightful articles, books, etc. discussing
the evolution of languages when isolation is NOT
assumed? I'm interested in the "grey area" between
dialectology & dialect geography, on one hand, and
language contact & borrowing, on the other. I am trying
to understand the evolution of NAN languages in
situations where neither geographic isolation nor
"warfare" can be taken for granted as isolating
mechanisms. How are languages able to differentiate
even though there is continuing social, economic, and
genetic contact?

John Terrell, New Guinea Research Program
The Field Museum, Chicago []