Efficiency and Complexity in Grammars

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This book addresses a question fundamental to any discussion of grammatical theory and grammatical variation: to what extent can principles of grammar be explained through language use? John A. Hawkins argues that there is a profound correspondence between performance data and the fixed conventions of grammars. Preferences and patterns found in the one, he shows, are reflected in constraints and variation patterns in the other. The theoretical consequences of the proposed 'performance-grammar correspondence hypothesis' are ...

Efficiency and Complexity in Grammars 2004, Oxford University Press, USA, Oxford, England

ISBN-13: 9780199252695

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Efficiency and Complexity in Grammars 2004, OUP Oxford, Oxford, England

ISBN-13: 9780199252688

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