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Linguistic Forms, Properties, and Efficient Signaling

John A. Hawkins

in Efficiency and Complexity in Grammars

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780199252695
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191719301 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199252695.003.002
Linguistic Forms, Properties, and Efficient Signaling

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The previous chapter proposed an efficiency-complexity hypothesis and presented three general principles that will give substance to it: Minimize Domains, Minimize Forms, and Maximize On-line Processing. This chapter defines these principles and associated sub-principles, discusses their respective motivations, and illustrates the kinds of preferences and dispreferences that they predict.

Keywords: language; grammar; form-property signaling; property assignments; combinatorial relations; dependency relations

Chapter.  6319 words. 

Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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