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  • 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)
  • 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 ...
  • Lormand, Eric Paul (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1990)
  • Nonato, Rafael (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014)
    In this thesis I ponder over a constellation of phenomena that revolve around switch reference and coordination, drawing mainly on their instantiation in Kisedje (Je, Brazil). I start by investigating Klsedje's case system. ...
  • Roberts, Taylor, 1967- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2000)
    A phrase structure is developed for Pashto, the most important Indo-Iranian language for which this task remains to be undertaken. New data show that the placement, ordering, and interpretation of second-position clitics ...
  • Graff, Peter Nepomuk Herwig Maria (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012)
    In this dissertation, I argue that a variety of probabilistic patterns in natural language phonology derive from communicative efficiency. I present evidence from phonetically transcribed dictionaries of 60 languages from ...
  • Hackl, Martin, 1968- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2001)
  • Coon, Jessica (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2010)
    The central claim of this dissertation is that aspect-based split ergativity does not mark a split in how Case is assigned, but rather, a split in sentence structure. Specifically, I argue that the contexts in which we ...
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