LINGUIST List 16.341

Thu Feb 03 2005

Books: Linguistic Theories: Hawkins

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        1.    Jared Wright, Efficiency and Complexity in Grammars: Hawkins

Message 1: Efficiency and Complexity in Grammars: Hawkins

Date: 21-Jan-2005
From: Jared Wright <>
Subject: Efficiency and Complexity in Grammars: Hawkins

Title: Efficiency and Complexity in Grammars
Published: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Book URL:

Author: John A. Hawkins, University of Southern California
Hardback: ISBN: 0199252688 Pages: 328 Price: U.S. $ 115.00
Paperback: ISBN: 0199252696 Pages: 328 Price: U.S. $ 45.00

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.

This book will interest researchers in linguistics (including typology and
universals, syntax, grammatical theory, historical linguistics, functional
linguistics, and corpus linguistics), psycholinguistics (including parsing,
production, and acquisition), computational linguistics (including
language-evolution modelling and electronic corpus development); and
cognitive science (including the modeling of the performance-competence
relationship, pragmatics, and relevance theory).

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science
                            Computational Linguistics
                            Historical Linguistics
                            Linguistic Theories
                            Text/Corpus Linguistics

Written In: English (ENG )

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Hodder Arnold

---------------------- Other Supporting Publishers ----------------------
Kingston Press Ltd
Linguistic Assoc. of Finland


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