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  • McAllister, Tara Kathleen (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009)
    Child phonological processes that lack counterparts in adult phonological typology have long posed a problem for formal modeling of phonological acquisition. This dissertation investigates child-specific processes with a ...
  • Percus, Orin J. (Orin Judah), 1969- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1997)
  • Storto, Luciana (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1999)
    This dissertation is intended as a description of some theoretically interesting aspects of the phonology and syntax of the Karitiana language. Karitiana is the sole surviving language of the Arikem family (Tupi Stock), ...
  • Jeanne, LaVerne Masayesva (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1978)
  • 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)
  • 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 ...
  • 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)
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