Kristian Berg

Kristian Berg

List of John Benjamins publications for which Kristian Berg plays a role.


The architecture of writing systems

Edited by Kristian Berg, Franziska Buchmann and Nanna Fuhrhop

Special issue of Written Language & Literacy 17:2 (2014) viii, 142 pp.
Subjects Discourse studies | Language teaching | Writing and literacy


Berg, Kristian. 2021. Chapter 7. Major lexical categories and graphemic weight. All Things Morphology: Its independence and its interfaces, Moradi, Sedigheh, Marcia Haag, Janie Rees-Miller and Andrija Petrovic (eds.), pp. 117–126
English spelling has a very interesting regularity: there exists a minimum word length for lexical words. Words of this class have to be at least three letters long, even if they consist of only two phonemes and could be spelled with two letters (e.g., ebb/*eb, egg/*eg). This regularity does not… read more | Chapter
Aronoff, Mark, Kristian Berg and Vera Heyer. 2016. Some implications of English spelling for morphological processing. Linguistic Perspectives on Morphological Processing, Clahsen, Harald, Vera Heyer and Jana Reifegerste (eds.), pp. 164–185
In alphabetic writing systems, the most consistent correspondences hold between written and spoken segments. Although English spelling uses the Roman alphabet and is thus largely phonographic, it also encodes non-phonological distinctions such as those among homophonic words (e.g., pair, pare,… read more | Article
Berg, Kristian. 2014. Stability and convergence in case marking: Low and High German. Stability and Divergence in Language Contact: Factors and Mechanisms, Braunmüller, Kurt, Steffen Höder and Karoline Kühl (eds.), pp. 63–76
In Modern Low German, there are signs for a newly emerging dative case under Standard German influence. The present paper analyzes this case of potential convergence, concentrating on definite articles of neuter gender. Methodologically, a new corpus of spontaneous speech is used, alongside… read more | Article
Berg, Kristian, Franziska Buchmann and Nanna Fuhrhop. 2014. Foreword: The architecture of writing systems. The architecture of writing systems, Berg, Kristian, Franziska Buchmann and Nanna Fuhrhop (eds.), pp. vii–viii
Berg, Kristian, Franziska Buchmann, Katharina Dybiec and Nanna Fuhrhop. 2014. Morphological spellings in English. The architecture of writing systems, Berg, Kristian, Franziska Buchmann and Nanna Fuhrhop (eds.), pp. 282–307
Morphologically motivated spellings in English are usually thought to be restricted to cases like 〈electric – electrician – electricity〉, where the stem final letter 〈c〉 is kept constant in spelling although the corresponding phoneme varies in spoken language. However, there are many more – and… read more | Article
It is a matter of debate how far the description of a writing system should be based on the units and categories of the respective spoken language. The present paper pursues the idea of relative autonomy: accordingly, writing systems should be based on as little phonological information as possible. read more | Article
Fuhrhop, Nanna, Franziska Buchmann and Kristian Berg. 2011. The length hierarchy and the graphematic syllable: Evidence from German and English. Written Language & Literacy 14:2, pp. 275–292
Minuscules of the Roman alphabet can be subcategorized into graphemes with length (for example 〈b〉) and graphemes without length (for example 〈o〉). While plosives, which correspond to graphemes with length, occur at the syllable edge, vowels, corresponding to graphemes without length, constitute… read more | Article