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  • Hoffman, Virginia Anne (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009)
    Antidepressants and bioenhancement technologies raise special concerns - both for those who use them and those who don't - about who we are and how we should treat ourselves. In this dissertation, I confront these concerns ...
  • Patel-Grosz, Pritty (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012)
    This dissertation investigates the constraints on referential dependency relations that can hold between epithets and their antecedents under c-command. The initial observation, presented here in (1), is that epithets can ...
  • Craig, David Clark (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1990)
  • Halpert, Claire (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012)
    In this thesis, I examine some core grammatical phenomena - case licensing, agreement, the EPP - through the lens of the Bantu language Zulu. Zulu has a number of remarkable and puzzling properties whose analysis affords ...
  • McAllister, Tara Kathleen (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009)
    Child phonological processes that lack counterparts in adult phonological typology have long posed a problem for formal modeling of phonological acquisition. This dissertation investigates child-specific processes with a ...
  • Percus, Orin J. (Orin Judah), 1969- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1997)
  • Storto, Luciana (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1999)
  • Jeanne, LaVerne Masayesva (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1978)
  • Hacquard, Valentine (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2006)
    It is a cross-linguistically robust fact that the same modal auxiliaries come in different flavors: epistemic, deontic, ability, teleological... This fact is neatly captured in a system where each modal has a single lexical ...
  • Simpson, Jane Helen (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1983)
  • Klipple, Elizabeth Mary (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1991)
  • Flaherty, Joshua, 1973- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2003)
    This thesis examines and critically assesses five arguments for the autonomy of the political. The arguments I examine are those of Niccol6 Machiavelli, Jean Bodin, Thomas Hobbes, Carl Schmitt, and John Rawls. After ...
  • Evans, Owain Rhys (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2015)
    This thesis is about learning the preferences of humans from observations of their choices. It builds on work in economics and decision theory (e.g. utility theory, revealed preference, utilities over bundles), Machine ...
  • Bjorkman, Bronwyn Alma Moore (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011)
    This dissertation is concerned with the broad question of why auxiliary verbs occur in natural language. Much previous work has assumed that the occurrence of auxiliary verbs is morphologically or syntactically arbitrary. ...
  • Lau, Yen-fong (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1994)
  • Lenehan, Rose (Rose Elizabeth) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2015)
    Slurs have recently received a great deal of attention from philosophers of language. They are thought to be special in both their linguistic properties and their rhetorical effects-that is, in both what they mean and what ...
  • Do, Young Ah (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013)
    What is the initial state of the grammar when children begin to figure out patterns of phonological alternations? This thesis documents the developmental stages of children acquiring Korean verb and noun paradigms, and ...
  • Jones, Douglas Arnold (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1993)
  • Antognini, Thomas (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1984)
  • McConnell, Jeff (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1994)
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