Efficiency and complexity in grammars [electronic resource] / John A. Hawkins
- Hawkins, John A.
- Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2004.
- Physical Description:
- 1 online resource (xvii, 303 pages)
- Machine generated contents note: 1.Introduction -- 2.Linguistic forms, properties, and efficient signaling -- 3.Defining the efficiency principles and their predictions -- 4.More on form minimization -- 5.Adjacency effects within phrases -- 6.Minimal forms in complements/adjuncts and proximity -- 7.Relative clause and Wh-movement universals -- 8.Symmetries, asymmetric dependencies, and earliness effects.
- John Hawkins demonstrates a clear link between how languages are used and the conventions of their grammars. He sets out a theory in which performance shapes grammars and accounts for the variation patterns found in the world's languages.
- 9780191719301 (ebook)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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