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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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Multiple factors in performance and grammars and their interaction

Multiple factors in performance and grammars and their interaction

(p.201) 9 Multiple factors in performance and grammars and their interaction
Cross-Linguistic Variation and Efficiency

John A. Hawkins

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the interaction between principles, both the more general efficiency principles of this book and numerous more specific principles deriving from them, in an attempt to better understand how they work together. It is argued that efficiency has a role to play in explaining this interaction. Just as efficiency structures the basic principles themselves, ultimately Minimize Domains, Minimize Forms and Maximize Online Processing, so too the manner of their cooperation and relative strength in competition are determined by the overall efficiency of, and benefits for, the structure in which they interact. Three general patterns are presented that can be seen in these interactions, involving degree of preference, cooperation, and competition.

Keywords:   competition, cooperation, interaction between principles, multiple factors

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