On language 'utility': processing complexity and communicative efficiency.

  title={On language 'utility': processing complexity and communicative efficiency.},
  author={T. Florian Jaeger and Harry Tily},
  journal={Wiley interdisciplinary reviews. Cognitive science},
  volume={2 3},
Functionalist typologists have long argued that pressures associated with language usage influence the distribution of grammatical properties across the world's languages. Specifically, grammatical properties may be observed more often across languages because they improve a language's utility or decrease its complexity. While this approach to the study of typology offers the potential of explaining grammatical patterns in terms of general principles rather than domain-specific constraints, the… CONTINUE READING
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