Preface List of abbreviations Language abbreviations Linguistic abbreviations Logical symbols Preliminary remarks The Germanic linguistic sources Normalization and orthography Presentation of the evidence Introduction The inflection of the n-stems The Indo-European n-stems Origins of the inflectional types The Proto-Germanic n-stems The Proto-Germanic geminates Kluge's law Shortening in over-long syllables Exceptions to Kluge's law Different configurations of Kluge's law Kluge's law and the n-stems Gemination as grammatischer Wechsel Reconstruction of the n-stem paradigm Paradigmatic analogy Kluge's law and the directionals The Germanic directional system The Pre-Germanic situation On the full grade of Go. iup Consonant gradation in the verb Evidence for Osthoff's hypothesis The iterative system Evidence for de-iterativization De-iterativization in Gothic The rise of PGm. *u as a full-grade marker A life without Kluge's law? The Expressivity Theory Evaluation of the argumentation The Leiden Substrate Theory Root ablaut in the n-stems Kauffmann and nominal ablaut The ablaut types Methodology Reconstructing the ablauting paradigm The evidence The *e ~ *u type The *e ~ *a type The *a ~ *u type The *i ~ *i type The*ai ~ *i type The *u ~ *u type The *u ~ *u ~ *a type The *o ~ *a type The *o ~ *u type The *e ~ *a type Pseudo-ablaut Upper German West Norse Summary and outlook Summary Outlook Bibliography Abbreviations References Index of cited forms.
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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. (source: Nielsen Book Data)