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  • Hoffmann, Aviv, 1964- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2002)
    My dissertation consists of three essays in the Metaphysics of Modality: In "A Puzzle about Truth and Singular Propositions," I consider two theses that seem to be true and then an argument for the conclusion that they ...
  • Hegarty, Michael Vincent (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1992)
  • Speas, Margaret Jean (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1986)
  • Montalbetti, Mario M (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1984)
  • Rochford, Damien (Damien Joseph) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013)
    This paper is about how agents learn. There is a picture of learning that is very influential in epistemology; I call it 'the Classical Picture'. As influential as it is, it is a flawed picture of learning, and epistemology ...
  • Watanabe, Akira (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1993)
  • Preminger, Omer (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011)
    In this thesis, I argue that the obligatory nature of agreement in [phi]-features (henceforth, [phi]-agreement) cannot be captured by appealing to "derivational time-bombs"-elements of the initial representation that cannot ...
  • Alexander, Matthew John (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1992)
  • Doggett, Teal Bissell, 1975- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2004)
    In this thesis I demonstrate that a simplified theory of locality \ has greater success in accounting for locality in movement than more complicated alternatives that have been suggested. In particular, I argue that closeness ...
  • George, Leland Maurice (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1980)
  • Botterell, Andrew (Andrew John), 1968- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1998)
  • Hoffman, Virginia Anne (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009)
    Antidepressants and bioenhancement technologies raise special concerns - both for those who use them and those who don't - about who we are and how we should treat ourselves. In this dissertation, I confront these concerns ...
  • Patel-Grosz, Pritty (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012)
    This dissertation investigates the constraints on referential dependency relations that can hold between epithets and their antecedents under c-command. The initial observation, presented here in (1), is that epithets can ...
  • Craig, David Clark (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1990)
  • Halpert, Claire (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012)
    In this thesis, I examine some core grammatical phenomena - case licensing, agreement, the EPP - through the lens of the Bantu language Zulu. Zulu has a number of remarkable and puzzling properties whose analysis affords ...
  • 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)
  • 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 ...