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    • Minimizing harm : three problems in moral theory 

      Friedman, Alexander (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2002)
      Chapter 1 (Distance and Morality): This chapter is a response toFrances Kamm's "Faminine Ethics: the Problem of Distance in Morality and Singer's Ethical Theory". I argue that Kamm fails to produce a pair of cases in which ...
    • Missing noun phrases in Navajo. 

      Platero, Paul Randolph (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1978)
    • Modality and inquiry 

      Yalcin, Seth (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008)
      The possibilities we consider or eliminate in inquiry are epistemic possibilities. This dissertation is mainly about what it is to say or believe that something is possible in this sense. Chapter 1 ('Epistemic Contradictions') ...
    • Modality, rationalism, and conditionals 

      Decker, Jason (Jason Andrew) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2007)
      This thesis consists of three interconnected papers on apriority, modality, and conditionals. In "Playground Conditionals," I look at three philosophical debates, each of which turns on the epistemic status of a certain ...
    • Modular interactions in phonology 

      Rasin, Ezer. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2018)
      This thesis makes two separate claims about the architecture of phonology: (1) The computation of stress takes place in a distinct cognitive module from segmental phonology. This module is informationally encapsulated from ...
    • Modularity and locality in interpretation 

      Singh, Raj, Ph. D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (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 ...
    • Mood, force and explicit performatives : some notes for a study of mood 

      Rodríguez, Jorge (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1990)
    • Moral expertise and moral education : a Socratic account 

      Hagen, Daniel Scott (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013)
      What is virtue and can it be taught? These questions preoccupied Socrates and this dissertation offers a Socratic answer to them. In Chapter 1 ("Virtue as Expert Moral Knowledge") I develop and defend a novel interpretation ...
    • Moral properties and moral imagination 

      Doggett, Tyler, 1976- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2004)
      "Moral Realism" is about an argument against moral realism, why it is unsound, and what emerges from that. The argument is that if there were moral properties, they would be queerly related to non-moral properties and this ...
    • Moral relativism and reasons for action 

      Streiffer, Robert (Robert Keith), 1970- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1999)
      There are many varieties of moral relativism. Appraiser relativism, according to which the proposition expressed by a moral sentence varies from context to context, is motivated by the thought that it provides the best ...
    • Moral Status 

      Harman, Elizabeth, 1975- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2003)
      Chapters One through Three present the following view: (i) I explain moral status as follows: something has moral status just in case we have reasons not to cause harms to it simply in virtue of the badness of the harms ...
    • Morphology after syntax--pronominal clitics in romance 

      Bonet i Alsina, M. Eulàlia (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1991)
    • The morphology-phonology interface in signed languages 

      Mathur, Gaurav, 1972- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2000)
      This thesis provides a novel way of looking at verb agreement in signed languages by using an interaction of several processes within the Distributed Morphology framework. At the center of the model is a phonological ...
    • The morphosemantics and morphosyntax of the Malayalam verb 

      Swenson, Amanda, Ph. D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017)
      The questions posed and addressed in this dissertation are broadly questions regarding the nature cross-linguistic variation and why languages differ from one another in these particular ways. This thesis focuses on four ...
    • Morphosyntax : the syntax of verbal inflection 

      Bobaljik, Jonathan David (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1995)
    • Movement of degree/degree of movement 

      Matushansky, Ora (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2002)
      In this project we examine the DP-internal behavior of degree operators contained in attributive extended APs, specifically degree fronting (so sunny a day) and degree right extraposition (a day sunny enough). We argue ...
    • Movement out of focus 

      Erlewine, Michael Yoshitaka (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014)
      This dissertation investigates the consequences of overt and covert movement on association with focus. The interpretation of focus-sensitive operators such as only and even depends on the presence of a focused constituent ...
    • Multiple case assignment : an Amis case study 

      Chen, Tingchun (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2018)
      This dissertation investigates two case-related phenomena: aspect-conditioned differential subject case marking and overt case-stacking, and why case morphology on a DP may correlate with movement of a DP. Guided by data ...
    • Multiple case assignments 

      Young, Katherine McCreight (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1988)
    • Multiple dominance and interface operations 

      O'Brien, Chris (Chris Harris) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017)
      This dissertation explores the consequences of multidominance in syntactic theory, with a particular focus on how multidominance interacts with interpretation at the interfaces. In particular, I explore how interpretation ...