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  • Washington, Corey Glenn (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1987)
  • Giblin, lain (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016)
    This thesis investigates the distribution of the Mandarin reflexive ziji. Ziji displays many interesting properties but its long-distance binding distribution has long been of interest to linguists. Ziji displays a blocking ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...