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  • Marvin, Tatjana, 1972- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2003)
    This dissertation is a study of word structure showing that words exhibit the syntactic phenomenon of phase-by-phase Spell-Out, Chomsky (2001), Marantz (2001). The analysis of data from English and Slovenian indicates that ...
  • Kelepir, Meltem (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2001)
    This dissertation asks two main questions for Turkish: (i) what is the interaction between verbal morphology and the structure?, and (ii) what is the interaction between word order and interpretation? Following Kornfilt ...
  • Nash, David George (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1980)
  • Brillman, Ruth (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017)
    The dissertation was inspired by the question of why subjects cannot undergo tough movement (1). (1) a. Jonathan Franzen is easy for Anneke to criticize b. *Anneke is easy - to criticize Jonathan Franzen. To answer this ...
  • Baltin, Mark Reuben (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1978)
  • Besana, Sveva, 1971- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1999)
  • Calabrese, Andrea (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1988)
  • Stephenson, Tamina C (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2007)
    This dissertation develops a form of relativism in which propositions are treated as sets of world-time-individual triples, in contrast to standard views that treat them as sets of worlds or world-time pairs. This builds ...
  • Nickel, Bernhard, Ph. D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2005)
    My thesis consists of three papers on truth and explanations in science. Broadly, the question I ask is semantic. Should the best account of certain bits of our scientific practice focus on the concept of truth? More ...
  • Shklovsky, Kirill (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012)
    This dissertation examines the syntax of clausal structure in Tseltal (Mayan) with a particular focus on agreement phenomena. The first domain of investigation is the External Possession Construction, in which the clausal ...
  • Holland, Sean Jamison (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009)
    Contemporary philosophy of human rights is dominated by two seemingly opposed approaches. This dissertation is concerned with the choice between them. The traditional approach to human rights is characterized by the belief ...
  • Archangeli, Diana Bennett (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1984)
  • Pettit, Dean R. (Dean Reid), 1967- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2003)
    My dissertation concerns the nature of linguistic understanding. A standard view about linguistic understanding is that it is a propositional knowledge state. The following is an instance of this view: given a speaker S ...
  • Urk, Coppe van (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2015)
    This dissertation argues that all instances of phrasal movement are the result of Agree and Merge (Chomsky 1995, 2001), and, in addition to this, that the existence of different types of movement derives solely from variation ...
  • Bayırlı, İsa Kerem (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017)
    Abstract In this dissertation, we develop and defend a universal theory of concord (i.e. feature sharing between a head noun and the modifying adjectives). When adjectives in a language show concord with the noun they ...
  • Ólafur Páll Jónsson (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2001)
    Peter Unger's puzzle, the problem of the many, is an argument for the conclusion that we are grossly mistaken about what kinds of objects are in our immediate surroundings. But it is not clear what we should make of Unger's ...
  • Hartman, Jeremy (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012)
    This thesis argues that clausal arguments of mental-state predicates divide into two main types: those that express the content, or "subject matter" of the mental state, and those that express the cause of the mental state. ...
  • Baek, Judy Yoo-Kyung, 1969- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1997)
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