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  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Ritter, Elizabeth Ann (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1989)
  • Massam, Diane (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1985)
  • Sartorio, Ana Carolina, 1972- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2003)
    My dissertation is about the following two questions: The causal question: When is something a cause of something else? The moral question: When is someone morally responsible for something? I examine the way in which these ...
  • Newman, Anthony E. (Anthony Edison), 1970- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2002)
    Internalism about mental content is the view that microphysical duplicates must be mental duplicates as well. This dissertation develops and defends the idea that only a strong version of internalism is compatible with our ...
  • 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 ...
  • McGrath, Sarah, 1972- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2002)
    Chapter 1: The causal relata. Ordinary talk suggests that entities from different ontological categories can cause and be caused: Kathy's throw, the fact that Kathy threw, and Kathy herself can all cause the window to ...
  • Barss, Andrew (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1986)
    This thesis is concerned with developing an account within the Government and Binding (GB) theory of the grammaticality of such structures as (1), and exploring the implications of this account for the theory of empty ...
  • Emery, Nina R. (Nina Rebecca) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012)
    This thesis is about the philosophical and scientific significance of chance. Specifically, I ask whether there is a single notion of chance that both plays a well-defined scientific role and proves useful for various ...
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