John A. Hawkins's Cross-Linguistic Variation and Efficiency PDF

By John A. Hawkins

ISBN-10: 0199664994

ISBN-13: 9780199664993

ISBN-10: 0199665001

ISBN-13: 9780199665006

During this e-book John A. Hawkins argues that significant styles of version throughout languages are dependent via common rules of potency in language use and conversation. proof for those comes from languages allowing structural strategies from which decisions are made in functionality, e.g. among competing observe orders and among relative clauses with a resumptive pronoun as opposed to a spot. The personal tastes and styles of functionality inside of languages are mirrored, he indicates, within the fastened conventions and edition styles throughout grammars, resulting in a 'Performance-Grammar Correspondence Hypothesis'. Hawkins extends and updates the overall thought that he specified by Efficiency and Complexity in Grammars (OUP 2004): new components of grammar and function are mentioned, new study findings are included that try out his past predictions, and new advances within the contributing fields of language processing, linguistic idea, ancient linguistics, and typology are addressed. This potency method of edition has far-reaching theoretical effects suitable to many present concerns within the language sciences. those comprise the concept of ease of processing and the way to degree it, the function of processing in language swap, the character of language universals and their clarification, the idea of complexity, the relative power of competing and cooperating rules, and the correct definition of primary grammatical notions akin to 'dependency'. The booklet additionally bargains a brand new typology of VO and OV languages and their correlating homes obvious from this angle, and a brand new typology of the noun word and of argument constitution.

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The professori [that 0i wrote the letter] b. the professori [that the student knows 0i ] c. the professori [that the student showed the book to 0i ] d. the professori [that the student knows hisi son] SU DO IO/OBL GEN efficiency principle 2: minimize forms 23 The cross-linguistic pattern in their data is: if a gap strategy is grammatical on a low position of AH in a language, it is grammatical on all higher positions; if a resumptive pronoun is grammatical on a high position, it is grammatical on all lower positions (that can be relativized at all); see Hawkins (1999, 2004: 186–90) for details.

Argument assignment), the narrow-scope quantifier on the wide-scope quantifier (the number of books read depends on the quantifier in the subject NP in Every student read a book/Many students read a book/Three students read a book), and so on. The assignment of dependent properties to B is more efficient when A precedes, since these properties can then be assigned immediately in online processing to B. In the reverse B + A there would be delays in property assignments to the dependent B online (unassignments) or misanalyses (misassignments).

But in addition resumptive pronouns minimize the domains for processing co-occurrence relations within the relative clause itself. 16b) the pronoun ota provides a local argument for processing the lexical co-occurrences of the verb natan (loves) and the search for this argument does not need to extend to the head of the relative itself (isha), making the lexical domain for the verb’s arguments non-minimal. Only coindexing need apply non-locally linking isha i and la i . The resumptive pronoun eases overall processing load, therefore, by minimizing some of the domains in relative clause processing, but at the expense of processing an additional form (the pronoun).

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