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Efficiency and Complexity in Grammars

John A. Hawkins


This book addresses a question fundamental to any discussion of grammatical theory and grammatical variation: to what extent can principles of grammar be explained through language use? The book argues that there is a profound correspondence between performance data and the fixed conventions of grammars. Preferences and patterns found in the one, the book shows, are reflected in constraints and variation patterns in the other. The theoretical consequences of the proposed ‘performance-grammar correspondence hypothesis’ are far-reaching — for current grammatical formalisms, for the innateness hy ... More

Keywords: grammatical theory, grammatical variation, language use, preferences, patterns, innateness hypothesis, psycholinguistic models, innateness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199252695
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199252695.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John A. Hawkins, author
University of Southern California, Los Angeles
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