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Cross-Linguistic Variation and Efficiency$
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John A. Hawkins

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199664993

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199664993.001.0001

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(p.220) 10 Conclusions
Cross-Linguistic Variation and Efficiency

John A. Hawkins

Oxford University Press

The last chapter summarizes some key data from earlier chapters supporting the Performance–Grammar Correspondence Hypothesis. It summarizes the collective evidence presented in the book for asserting that there is a strong performance basis to grammatical conventions and cross‐linguistic patterns. And it discusses some bigger issues that have been addressed, involving the definition of efficiency itself, capacity constraints in working memory, the relationship between different sources of processing complexity (working memory demands, interference, predictability), the need for psychologists and linguists to work together, methodological differences in measuring performance, and the definition of ‘dependency.’

Keywords:   capacity constraints, dependency, efficiency, methodology in psycholinguistics, Performance–Grammar Correspondence Hypothesis

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