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Title: The Proto-Germanic n-stems
Subtitle: A study in diachronic morphophonology
Written By: Guus Kroonen
URL: http://www.rodopi.nl/senj.asp?BookId=LEIDEN+18
Series Title: Leiden Studies in Indo-European vol. 18
Description:

The n-stems are an intriguing part of Proto-Germanic morphology. Unlike any
other noun class, the n-stems have roots that are characterized by
systematic consonant and vowel alternations across the different Germanic
dialects. This monograph represents a diachronic investigation of this root
variation. It traces back the Germanic n-stems to their Indo-European
origin, and clarifies their formal characteristics by an interaction of
sound law and analogy. This book therefore is not just an attempt to
account for the typology of the Germanic n-stems, but also a case study of
the impact that sound change may have on the evolution of morphology and
derivation.

Guus Kroonen’s research focuses on the historical linguistics of the
Germanic languages, both from the modern dialectal and the Indo-European
perspective. He studied Scandinavian languages in Amsterdam and Comparative
Indo-European linguistics in Leiden, where he also obtained his doctoral
degree. He is a contributor to the Leiden Indo-European Etymological
Dictionary, for which he has prepared the Etymological Dictionary of
Proto-Germanic (Brill, forthcoming).

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Rodopi
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Morphology
Phonology
Typology
Language Family(ies): Germanic
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9789042032934
Pages: 424
Prices: Europe EURO 85.00
 
Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9789042032927
Pages: 424
Prices: Europe EURO 85.00