A series of amine terminal amorphous poly(arylene ether ketone) oligomers of controlled molecular weights (2-15 K) were synthesized. These oligomers have been found to undergo 'self crosslinking' reactions upon heating above 220 degree C, via the reaction of the terminal amine groups with the in chain keto carbonyl functionalities. The resulting networks are ductile, chemically resistant and nonporous. The networks obtained via generated ketimine functionality were characterized by solid state NMR. They have also been found to be remarkably stable towards hydrolysis. Ketimine functional bishalide monomers have also been synthesized Such monomers have been utilized to synthesize a wide variety of amorphous poly (arylene ether) ketimine polymers. A high molecular weight hydroquinone functional poly (arylene ether) ketimine has been acid treated to regenerate a poly(arylene ether ketone) backbone in solution. This novel procedure thus allows for the synthesis of important matrix resins under relatively mild conditions.