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  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Sarma, Vaijayanthi M., 1966- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1999)
    This dissertation focuses 011 the syntax of Tamil, a Dravidian language. The main issues discussed in the dissertation may be broadly classified into (a) those concerning the TP-external structure and (b) those concerning ...
  • Johnson, Kyle Brian (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1986)
  • Asarina, Alevtina (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011)
    The focus of this dissertation is the syntax and morphology of case, and how case interacts with A-movement and agreement. In chapter 1, I argue on the basis of novel data from Uyghur that noun phrases bearing structural ...
  • Ostler, Nicholas David MacLachlan (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1979)
  • Ritter, Elizabeth Ann (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1989)
  • Massam, Diane (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1985)
  • Sartorio, Ana Carolina, 1972- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2003)
    My dissertation is about the following two questions: The causal question: When is something a cause of something else? The moral question: When is someone morally responsible for something? I examine the way in which these ...
  • Newman, Anthony E. (Anthony Edison), 1970- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2002)
    Internalism about mental content is the view that microphysical duplicates must be mental duplicates as well. This dissertation develops and defends the idea that only a strong version of internalism is compatible with our ...
  • Schumacher, Melissa Renée (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2015)
    This work addresses questions about causation and evidence: How can we learn what causes what? Can we get evidence for objects that don't cause anything? And what is the evidential relationship between events in a causal ...
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