Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Cross-Linguistic Variation and Efficiency$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 27 November 2020

The conventionalization of processing efficiency

The conventionalization of processing efficiency

(p.73) 4 The conventionalization of processing efficiency
Cross-Linguistic Variation and Efficiency

John Hawkins

Oxford University Press

Efficiency principles of the kind proposed in this book bring about variation patterns across grammars when they are ‘conventionalized.’ This chapter considers how such conventions come about. A key notion in this diachronic context is that of ‘grammaticalization.’ This term, as standardly used and understood, is extended to include the grammaticalization of syntactic rules within a formal grammar. The ‘adaptive mechanisms’ by which speakers implement new conventions in their grammars are discussed, with particular reference to language contact and different types of bilingualism, and the relationship between these and processing efficiency is defined.

Keywords:   adaptive mechanisms, bilingualism, conventionalization, grammaticalization

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .