This chapter begins by summarizing some of the data supporting the Performance–Grammar Correspondence Hypothesis (PGCH). It then draws attention to grammatical generalizations that are either not predicted or heavily stipulated, and for which the principles proposed here offer an explanation. The next section raises questions about the ultimate causality of these performance-grammar preferences and argues for multiple factors, of which working memory load is just one. The chapter discusses some further issues that are raised by this research program and its conclusions, and outlines some of the consequences for acquisition and learnability.
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