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Multiple factors in performance and grammars and their interaction

John A. Hawkins

in Cross-Linguistic Variation and Efficiency

Published in print February 2014 | ISBN: 9780199664993
Published online April 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780191748547 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199664993.003.0009
Multiple factors in performance and grammars and their interaction

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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

Chapter.  7432 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Linguistics ; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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