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Efficiency and Complexity in Grammars$
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John A. Hawkins

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199252695

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199252695.001.0001

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Linguistic Forms, Properties, and Efficient Signaling

Linguistic Forms, Properties, and Efficient Signaling

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Efficiency and Complexity in Grammars

John A. Hawkins (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

The previous chapter proposed an efficiency-complexity hypothesis and presented three general principles that will give substance to it: Minimize Domains, Minimize Forms, and Maximize On-line Processing. This chapter defines these principles and associated sub-principles, discusses their respective motivations, and illustrates the kinds of preferences and dispreferences that they predict.

Keywords:   language, grammar, form-property signaling, property assignments, combinatorial relations, dependency relations

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