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    • Bayesian computational models for inferring preferences 

      Evans, Owain Rhys (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2015)
      This thesis is about learning the preferences of humans from observations of their choices. It builds on work in economics and decision theory (e.g. utility theory, revealed preference, utilities over bundles), Machine ...
    • BE-ing default : the morphosyntax of auxiliaries 

      Bjorkman, Bronwyn Alma Moore (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011)
      This dissertation is concerned with the broad question of why auxiliary verbs occur in natural language. Much previous work has assumed that the occurrence of auxiliary verbs is morphologically or syntactically arbitrary. ...
    • Belief and evidence 

      Schultheis, Ginger (Virginia Kathleen) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2018)
      Chapter 1, 'Living on the Edge: Against Epistemic Permissivism,' argues that Epistemic Permissivists face a special problem about the relationship between our first- and higher-order attitudes. They claim that rationality ...
    • Belief in semantics and psychology 

      Lau, Yen-fong (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1994)
    • Biased learning of phonological alternations 

      Do, Young Ah (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013)
      What is the initial state of the grammar when children begin to figure out patterns of phonological alternations? This thesis documents the developmental stages of children acquiring Korean verb and noun paradigms, and ...
    • Biases in segmenting non-concatenative morphology 

      Fullwood, Michelle Alison (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2018)
      Segmentation of words containing non-concatenative morphology into their component morphemes, such as Arabic /kita:b/ 'book' into root [check symbol]ktb and vocalism /i-a:/ (McCarthy, 1979, 1981), is a difficult task due ...
    • Binding as an interface condition : an investigation of Hindi scrambling 

      Jones, Douglas Arnold (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1993)
    • Can our quantifiers range over all collections? 

      Antognini, Thomas (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1984)
    • Cartesian intuitions 

      McConnell, Jeff (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1994)
    • A case for movement 

      Johnson, Kyle Brian (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1986)
    • Case in Uyghur and beyond 

      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 ...
    • A case study in the syntax of agreement : Hebrew noun phrases and Benoni verb phrases 

      Ritter, Elizabeth Ann (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1989)
    • Case theory and the Projection Principle 

      Massam, Diane (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1985)
    • Case, agreement and word order : issues in the syntax and acquisition of Taml 

      Sarma, Vaijayanthi M., 1966- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1999)
      This dissertation focuses 011 the syntax of Tamil, a Dravidian language. The main issues discussed in the dissertation may be broadly classified into (a) those concerning the TP-external structure and (b) those concerning ...
    • Case-linking : a theory of case and verb diathesis applied to classical Sanskrit. 

      Ostler, Nicholas David MacLachlan (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1979)
    • The causal and the moral 

      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 ...
    • Causal efficacy and externalist mental content 

      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 ...
    • Causation and evidence 

      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 ...
    • Causation in metaphysics and moral theory 

      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 ...
    • Chains and anaphoric dependence : on reconstruction and its implications 

      Barss, Andrew (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1986)
      This thesis is concerned with developing an account within the Government and Binding (GB) theory of the grammaticality of such structures as (1), and exploring the implications of this account for the theory of empty ...