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  • Kotek, Hadas (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014)
    This dissertation motivates a new syntax and semantics for simplex and multiple wh-questions, concentrating on English and German data. The proposed theory combines Cable's (2007; 2010) Q-based syntax for wh-movement and ...
  • Imanishi, Yusuke (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014)
    In this thesis, I propose the hypothesis that ergative Case in certain languages may be assigned to a DP which would be otherwise Case-less within a certain domain. In this sense, ergative Case appears to be a default. At ...
  • Jones, Patrick Jackson (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014)
    This dissertation develops a constraint-based analysis of opaque tonal interactions in Kinande verb forms and, based on this analysis, argues for a phonological architecture that incorporates both cyclic evaluation and ...
  • Erlewine, Michael Yoshitaka (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014)
    This dissertation investigates the consequences of overt and covert movement on association with focus. The interpretation of focus-sensitive operators such as only and even depends on the presence of a focused constituent ...
  • Brohan, Anthony (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014)
    The representation, content and learning of phonotactic constraints has spurred a lot of recent research phonology. This work concerns the constraints involved in the representation of place-based coocurrence restrictions. ...