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    • 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 ...
    • Chance, indeterminacy, and explanation 

      Emery, Nina R. (Nina Rebecca) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012)
      This thesis is about the philosophical and scientific significance of chance. Specifically, I ask whether there is a single notion of chance that both plays a well-defined scientific role and proves useful for various ...
    • Classical and connectionist models of cognition 

      Lormand, Eric Paul (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1990)
    • Clause chaining, switch reference and coordination 

      Nonato, Rafael (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014)
      In this thesis I ponder over a constellation of phenomena that revolve around switch reference and coordination, drawing mainly on their instantiation in Kisedje (Je, Brazil). I start by investigating Klsedje's case system. ...
    • Clitics and agreement 

      Roberts, Taylor, 1967- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2000)
      A phrase structure is developed for Pashto, the most important Indo-Iranian language for which this task remains to be undertaken. New data show that the placement, ordering, and interpretation of second-position clitics ...
    • Communicative efficiency in the lexicon 

      Graff, Peter Nepomuk Herwig Maria (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012)
      In this dissertation, I argue that a variety of probabilistic patterns in natural language phonology derive from communicative efficiency. I present evidence from phonetically transcribed dictionaries of 60 languages from ...
    • Comparative quantifiers 

      Hackl, Martin, 1968- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2001)
      The main goal of the thesis is to present a novel analysis of comparative quantifiers such as more than three students. The prevalent view on such expressions advocated in Generalized Quantifier Theory is that they denoted ...
    • Complementation in Chol (Mayan) : a theory of split ergativity : 

      Coon, Jessica (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2010)
      The central claim of this dissertation is that aspect-based split ergativity does not mark a split in how Case is assigned, but rather, a split in sentence structure. Specifically, I argue that the contexts in which we ...