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Cross-linguistic variation and efficiency

Author: John A Hawkins
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2014.
Series: Oxford linguistics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book argues that major patterns of variation across languages are structured by general principles of efficiency in language use and communication, an approach that has far-reaching theoretical  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John A Hawkins
ISBN: 9780199664993 0199664994 9780199665006 0199665001
OCLC Number: 897985688
Description: xx, 271 p. ; 25 cm.
Contents: 1. Language Variation and the Performance-Grammar Correspondence Hypothesis ; 2. Three General Efficiency Principles ; 3. Some Current Issues in Language Processing and the Performance-Grammar Relationship ; 4. The Conventionalization of Processing Efficiency ; 5. Word Order Patterns: Head Ordering and (Dis)harmony ; 6. The Typology of Noun Phrase Structure ; 7. Ten Differences between VO and OV Languages ; 8. Asymmetries between Arguments of the Verb ; 9. Multiple Factors in Performance and Grammars and their Interaction ; 10. Conclusions
Series Title: Oxford linguistics.
Responsibility: John A. Hawkins.

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