Thomas Berg

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


Aspects of Meaning Construction

Edited by Günter Radden, Klaus-Michael Köpcke, Thomas Berg and Peter Siemund

[Not in series, 136] 2007. x, 289 pp.
Subjects Cognitive linguistics | Semantics | Syntax

Motivation in Language: Studies in honor of Günter Radden

Edited by Hubert Cuyckens, Thomas Berg, René Dirven † and Klaus-Uwe Panther

[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 243] 2003. xxvi, 403 pp.
Subjects Cognition and language | Cognitive linguistics


As one of the most robust typological findings, the suffixing preference captures the empirical observation that grammatical categories are more likely to be coded by suffixes than by prefixes. The goal of this contribution is to explore the effects that this asymmetry may have on the inflectional… read more | Article
Most languages which code possession morphologically do so by using either prefixes or suffixes. This study examines the minority of languages which employ both prefixes and suffixes in order to express the contrast between alienable and inalienable possession. The focus is on a possible… read more | Article
German is well-known for its propensity for nominal compounding. This claim is put on a firmer empirical footing by means of a bidirectional translation study between German and English. The difference between the two languages crystallizes in the competition between compounds and phrases. Two… read more | Article
This paper is the final instalment in a series of studies investigating the modification patterns in complex noun phrases (NPs) in English. It particularly focuses on the modification of two-noun compounds by three attributive adjectives. An analysis of all such NPs from the BNC reveals a strong… read more | Article
This study seeks to determine the relative position of derivational affixes on the lexicon-grammar continuum in English. Its major claim is that the set of prefixes is rather more lexical and the set of suffixes rather more grammatical in nature. This hypothesis is supported by a battery of ten… read more | Article
Berg, Thomas 2014 Competition as a unifying concept for the study of languageWords & Constructions: Language complexity in linguistics and psychology, Järvikivi, Juhani, Pirita Pyykkönen-Klauck and Matti Laine (eds.), pp. 338–370
With linguistics suffering from increasing fractionalization, it is necessary not to lose sight of the overall picture. It seems uncontroversial that the study of language consists of the following five components: processing, use, structure, variation, and change. While some of the relationships… read more | Article
This paper compares the cohesiveness of English and German compounds. Cohesiveness is understood as the extent to which two given elements are integrated into a larger structural unit. The null hypothesis according to which the compounds in the two languages are equicohesive is rejected on the… read more | Article
Radden, Günter, Klaus-Michael Köpcke, Thomas Berg and Peter Siemund 2007 Introduction. The construction of meaning in languageAspects of Meaning Construction, Radden, Günter, Klaus-Michael Köpcke, Thomas Berg and Peter Siemund (eds.), pp. 1–15