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  • 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 ...
  • Carr, Jennifer Rose (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013)
    Bayesianism, in its traditional form, consists of two claims about rational credences. According to the first claim, probabilism, rational credences form a probability function. According to the second claim, conditionalization, ...
  • Meyer, Marie-Christine, Ph. D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013)
    In this thesis, I propose a new theory of implicature. I argue that the two main theories available so far - the (Neo-)Gricean pragmatic theory on the one hand (e.g., Sauerland (2004)), and the hybrid grammatical theory ...
  • Ivlieva, Natalia (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013)
    This dissertation explores the role of scalar implicatures in the grammar of plurality and disjunction. I argue that scalar implicatures are relevant not only for the meaning of plurals and disjunctions, but also for their ...
  • Khanjian, Hrayr (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013)
    This thesis focuses on concord structures found in Western Armenian. I label a structure as concord if two morphemes found in the same clause bear the same feature, yet only result in one semantic interpretation of that ...
  • Hagen, Daniel Scott (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013)
    What is virtue and can it be taught? These questions preoccupied Socrates and this dissertation offers a Socratic answer to them. In Chapter 1 ("Virtue as Expert Moral Knowledge") I develop and defend a novel interpretation ...
  • Rochford, Damien (Damien Joseph) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013)
    This paper is about how agents learn. There is a picture of learning that is very influential in epistemology; I call it 'the Classical Picture'. As influential as it is, it is a flawed picture of learning, and epistemology ...
  • Yanovich, Igor (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013)
    The main part of this dissertation consists of four loosely connected chapters on the semantics of modals. The chapters inform each other and employ similar methods, but generally each one is self-contained and can be read ...
  • Al Khatib, Sam (Samer) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013)
    A problem is detected in how only, traditionally viewed, associates with Negative Quantifiers (NQs) like few, [at most n], and [less than n]. The predicted meanings, which negate the stronger alternatives of the relevant ...
  • Emery, Nina R. (Nina Rebecca) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012)
    This thesis is about the philosophical and scientific significance of chance. Specifically, I ask whether there is a single notion of chance that both plays a well-defined scientific role and proves useful for various ...
  • Schoenfield, Miriam (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012)
    Being rational and being moral can be difficult. However, some theories of rationality and morality make living up to these ideals too difficult by imposing requirements which are excessively rigid. In this dissertation, ...
  • 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 ...
  • Thomas, Guillaume (Guillaume Pierre Yves) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012)
    This dissertation proposes a theory of temporal implicatures, and applies it to the study of tense in Mbyá Guaraní. It is composed of two parts. In the first one, I discuss the analyses of temporal implicatures developed ...
  • Greco, Daniel (Daniel Louis) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012)
    In this dissertation I defend some controversial "level-bridging" principles in epistemology. In the first chapter, I defend the KK principle-the principle that if one knows that P, then one knows that one knows that P. I ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Graff, Peter Nepomuk Herwig Maria (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012)
    In this dissertation, I argue that a variety of probabilistic patterns in natural language phonology derive from communicative efficiency. I present evidence from phonetically transcribed dictionaries of 60 languages from ...
  • Sliwa, Paulina Anna (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012)
    This dissertation is about agents like us, who are both epistemically flawed and morally imperfect. First, how should such agents form and revise their moral beliefs? Second, how should we morally evaluate the actions of ...
  • Hedden, Brian (Brian Robert) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012)
    This thesis concerns epistemic and practical rationality. That is, it is about what to believe and what to do. In Chapter 1, 1 argue that theories of practical rationality should be understood as evaluating decisions as ...
  • 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. ...
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