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Modularity and locality in interpretation
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008)
This thesis will argue for four broad claims: (1) That local contexts are needed for a descriptively adequate theory of linguistic interpretation, (2) That presupposition accommodation is made with respect to a set of ...
Probability, explanation, and reasoning
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2000)
Three topics are discussed concerning the application probability and explanation to the confirmation of theories. The first concerns the debate over prediction versus accommodation. I argue that we typically have reason ...
Datives at large
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2003)
This dissertation is a study of the syntactic and semantic properties of dative arguments. The main source of data is Spanish, where dative arguments can appear with all types of verbs, and can have a wide range of meanings: ...
On the making and meaning of chains
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1998)
This thesis investigates the mechanisms applying in the interpretation of syntactic chains. The theoretical background includes a translation of syntactic forms into semantic forms and a model theoretic explication of the ...
Universal grammar and syntactic development in children : toward a theory of syntactic development
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1981)
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2001)
My thesis consists of three self-contained but interconnected papers. In the first one, 'Word and Objects', I assume that it is possible to quantify over absolutely everything, and show that certain English sentences ...
A case study in the syntax of agreement : Hebrew noun phrases and Benoni verb phrases
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1989)
Acquisition of the T and C system in clausal complements
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2004)
In order to discover how children acquire the T(ense) and C(omplementizer) system, finite and nonfinite embedded clauses produced by children in the CHILDES database were studied. It was discovered that young children often ...