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date: 05 August 2020

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This chapter outlines an emergentist approach to syntax based on the idea that the core properties of language follow from the interaction of a simple efficiency-driven processor with the lexicon. An account for various properties of binding, control, agreement, and whdependencies is offered, and the implications of this approach for the study of language variation and language acquisition are briefly considered.

Keywords: emergentism, processing, binding, control, agreement, wh dependencies, language acquisition

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