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    • Underspecification in Yawelmani phonology and morphology 

      Archangeli, Diana Bennett (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1984)
    • Understanding language 

      Pettit, Dean R. (Dean Reid), 1967- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2003)
      My dissertation concerns the nature of linguistic understanding. A standard view about linguistic understanding is that it is a propositional knowledge state. The following is an instance of this view: given a speaker S ...
    • A uniform syntax for phrasal movement : a case study of Dinka Bor 

      Urk, Coppe van (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2015)
      This dissertation argues that all instances of phrasal movement are the result of Agree and Merge (Chomsky 1995, 2001), and, in addition to this, that the existence of different types of movement derives solely from variation ...
    • The universality of concord 

      Bayırlı, İsa Kerem (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017)
      Abstract In this dissertation, we develop and defend a universal theory of concord (i.e. feature sharing between a head noun and the modifying adjectives). When adjectives in a language show concord with the noun they ...
    • Unsupervised learning of lexical subclasses from phonotactics 

      Morita, Takashi, Ph. D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2018)
      Languages are constantly borrowing words from one another. Since the donor and recipient languages typically differ in their phonology and phonotactics, the native words and the loanwords of the borrower language can also ...
    • Vague objects 

      Ólafur Páll Jónsson (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2001)
      Peter Unger's puzzle, the problem of the many, is an argument for the conclusion that we are grossly mistaken about what kinds of objects are in our immediate surroundings. But it is not clear what we should make of Unger's ...
    • Varieties of clausal complementation 

      Hartman, Jeremy (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012)
      This thesis argues that clausal arguments of mental-state predicates divide into two main types: those that express the content, or "subject matter" of the mental state, and those that express the cause of the mental state. ...
    • Verb raising and A/A-bar distinction : evidence from exceptional case marking 

      Baek, Judy Yoo-Kyung, 1969- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1997)
    • Warlpiri : theoretical implications 

      Legate, Julie Anne, 1972- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2002)
      The issue of non-configurationality is fundamental in determining the possible range of variation in Universal Grammar. This dissertation investigates this issue in the context of Warlpiri, the prototypical non-configurational ...
    • A weighted-constraint model of F0 movements/ 

      Cho, Hyesun (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2010)
      This dissertation develops a grammar of phonetic implementation of phonologically significant F0 (pitch) events, which is applicable across languages. Through production studies of various languages, we show that phonetic ...
    • What can be meant--evaluating a skeptical argument by Donald Davidson 

      Ruesga, G. Alberto (Glauco Alberto) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1990)
    • What imagination teaches 

      Ortiz-Hinojosa, Sofia (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016)
      An investigation of the imagination, as both a mental process and a capacity to acquire knowledge about the world and other minds. It is argued that imagination is a unique mental process, whose primary feature is the ...
    • What lies beneath? : a defense of categorical humility 

      Robichaud, Christopher J (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011)
      The three chapters of my dissertation develop and defend a new Humility thesis, Categorical Humility. Humility theses tell us there is some fundamental aspect of the world that we lack knowledge of. All such theses share ...
    • What moves where when in which languages? 

      Richards, Norvin W. (Norvin Waldemar), 1971- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1997)
    • What we owe to ourselves : essays on rights and supererogation 

      Muñoz, Daniel(Daniel B.) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2019)
      Some sacrifices-like giving a kidney or heroically dashing into a burning building-are supererogatory: they are good deeds beyond the call of duty. But if such deeds are really so good, philosophers ask, why shouldn't ...
    • Why even ask? : on the pragmatics of questions and the semantics of answers 

      Guerzoni, Elena (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2003)
      This work investigates the semantics-pragmatics and syntax-pragmatics interface of interrogatives, focusing on the effect of presupposition-triggering expressions like even and Negative Polarity Items (NPIs). In exploring ...
    • With reference to truth : studies in referential semantics 

      Cannon, Douglas Fillmore (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1982)
    • "You" and "I", "now" and "then", and some related thoughts 

      Santorio, Paolo, Ph. D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011)
      The overarching theme of this dissertation is the relationship between information and context-how context interacts with the contents of speech and thought. I pursue three issues within this broad theme. Chapter 1 concerns ...