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  • On what language is 

    Balcarras, David Alexander. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2020)
    What is language? I defend the view that language is the practical capacity for partaking in communication with linguistic signs. To have a language just is to know how to communicate with it. I argue that this view -- ...
  • Doing : an essay on causation, events, and action in the most general sense 

    Baron-Schmitt, Nathaniel. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2020)
    Our world is populated not just by things, such as bombs, matches, and people, but also by events, like explosions, ignitions, and decisions. Part I, "Doings", is centered around my attempt to capture the nature of events. ...
  • The linear limitations of syntactic derivations 

    Davis, Colin Pierce Bryon. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2020)
    In this dissertation, I identify and analyze several new generalizations about how phrasal displacement and discontinuity are constrained in natural language. These patterns reveal, I argue, that many limitations of syntactic ...

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