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  • Wu, Hsiao-hung Iris (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008)
    In this thesis I examine some of the fundamental questions surrounding inversion structures. I first provide an analysis of Locative Inversion. I show that the mixed A- and A- syntactic behavior of the fronted PP in English ...
  • Crnič, Luka (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011)
    The focus-sensitive scalar particle even has an idiosyncratic distribution: it may associate with a weak element in its immediate surface scope only if it is appropriately embedded. We investigate such occurrences of even ...
  • Bader, Christopher (Christopher Banks), 1954- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2001)
    In this dissertation, I investigate the grammatical effects of focus and the inseparable phenomenon of givenness. As Schwarzschild (1999) has proposed, a proper understanding of givenness eliminates the need for a separate ...
  • De Bres, Helena (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2007)
    This dissertation develops and defends a utilitarian approach to global distributive justice: that part of political ethics that is concerned with the distribution of benefits and burdens across the members of distinct ...
  • Keshet, Ezra Russell (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008)
    The main goal of this dissertation is to determine the best theory of de re/de dicto intensionality. Recently, it has become apparent that the traditional scope theory of this phenomenon is inadequate, the most marked ...
  • Linebarger, Marcia Christine (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1980)
  • Cable, Seth (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2007)
    The central claim of this thesis is that the agent responsible for a variety of phenomena surrounding wh-operators is not those operators themselves, but rather a distinct element that we label a 'Q(uestion)-particle'. In ...
  • May, Robert Carlen (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1978)
  • Falk, Yehuda Nahum (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1984)
  • Tenny, Carol Lee (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1987)
  • Steriade, Donca (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1982)
  • Richardson, Kevin Andrew (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017)
    My dissertation consists of a series of papers on grounding pluralism, the broad view that there are multiple kinds of metaphysical grounding relations. Specifically, I argue that there are three species of grounding: ...
  • Dougherty, Tom (Tom J.) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2010)
    If you can help someone without detriment to your interest, nor anyone else's interest, then it is clear that you ought to do so. But things are not always so easy. When there is a conflict of interest, you have to decide ...
  • Berk, Lon A (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1982)
  • Aḵẖtar, ʻAlī (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1985)
  • Meyer, Marie-Christine, Ph. D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013)
    In this thesis, I propose a new theory of implicature. I argue that the two main theories available so far - the (Neo-)Gricean pragmatic theory on the one hand (e.g., Sauerland (2004)), and the hybrid grammatical theory ...
  • Ninan, Dilip (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008)
    I begin with a discussion of two ways of imagining something: 'from the inside' and 'from the outside'. My interest in this topic is two-fold: First, I want to see what studying this topic can teach us about the nature of ...
  • Bachrach, Asaf (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008)
    The aim of this thesis, and the research project within which it is embedded, is to delineate a neural model of grammatical competence. For this purpose, we develop here a novel integrated, multi-disciplinary experimental ...
  • Marty, Paul P (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017)
    In this thesis, I investigate a set of apparently disparate phenomena that relate, more or less closely, to the interpretation of Determiner Phrases (DPs): the restrictiveness effects associated with NP modification, the ...
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