Journals Higher Education



Published: 13 January 2005

322 Pages

ISBN: 9780199252695

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Efficiency and Complexity in Grammars

John A. Hawkins

John Hawkins demonstrates a clear link between how languages are used and the conventions of their grammars. He sets out a theory in which performance shapes grammars and accounts for the variation patterns found in the world's languages. He backs this up with evidence from a wide array of languages. He also considers the profound consequences of this correspondence for explanations of language change and evolution, and for models of performance and acquisition. His book is of fundamental importance for linguistic theory.


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