The n-stems are an intriguing part of Proto-Germanic morphology. Unlike any other un class, the n-stems have roots that are characterized by systematic consonant and vowel alternations across the different Germanic dialects. This mograph 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 t 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).