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    • Darwinian humility : epistemological applications of evolutionary science 

      Saillant, Said (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017)
      I use evolutionary science - its tenets and theory, as well as the evidence for it - to investigate the extent and nature of human knowledge by exploring the relation between human cognition, epistemic luck, and biological ...
    • The dative arguments in Bulgarian 

      Iovtcheva, Snejana P. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2019)
      This dissertation is a study of the syntactic and semantic properties of arguments marked with a dative clitic in Bulgarian. Contemporary Bulgarian has been claimed to have lost its Case system compared to its previous ...
    • Datives at large 

      Cuervo, Maria Cristina (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: ...
    • De de se 

      Anand, Pranav (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2006)
      In this dissertation, I argue against a unitary treatment of individual de se ascription. Based on consideration of Yoruba logophors and English dream-report pronouns, I show that one mechanism is best analyzed as binding ...
    • Decomposing questions 

      Hagstrom, Paul Alan, 1971- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1998)
    • Decompositionality and identity 

      Takahashi, Shoichi, Ph. D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2006)
      The Scope of quantificational phrases (QPs) is often not represented in surface structures, in the sense that a constituent that is, on the surface, sister to a QP is not necessarily interpreted as its argument semantically. ...
    • Default ergative 

      Imanishi, Yusuke (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014)
      In this thesis, I propose the hypothesis that ergative Case in certain languages may be assigned to a DP which would be otherwise Case-less within a certain domain. In this sense, ergative Case appears to be a default. At ...
    • A defense of intentional realism 

      Klempner, Erica D. (Erica Diane) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1997)
    • Deletion, deaccenting, and presupposition 

      Tancredi, Christopher Damian (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1992)
    • Desire, belief, and conditional belief 

      Etlin, David Jeffrey (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008)
      This dissertation studies the logics of value and conditionals, and the question of whether they should be given cognitivist analyses. Emotivist theories treat value judgments as expressions of desire, rather than beliefs ...
    • Desires and dispositions 

      Ashwell, Lauren Mary (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009)
      In philosophy of mind, desire is an also-ran when it comes to theorizing about mental states - all the attention is on belief, (visual) perceptual experience, and pain. Desire is largely ignored, as it is assumed to be ...
    • Dialogue games : an approach to discourse analysis 

      Carlson, Lauri Henrik (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1982)
    • Dimensions of ergativity in Inuit : theory and microvariation 

      Yuan, Michelle,Ph. D.Massachusetts Institute of Technology. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2018)
      This thesis investigates microvariation in the ergative system of the Inuit dialect continuum, as a window into the theoretical status of ergative alignment, argument licensing, and Agree. The empirical focus of this thesis ...
    • Dimensions of symmetry in syntax : agreement and clausal architecture 

      Hiraiwa, Ken, 1974- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2005)
      (cont.) are, then, determined at phase levels by late insertion of categorial features. One crucial aspect of the proposed theory of structural symmetry involves interweaving effects, which emerge as categorial determination ...
    • The distributive aspects of social justice. 

      Foster, Susan Jane (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1977)
    • Distributivity across domains : a study of the distributive numerals in Bangla 

      Guha, Ishani (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2018)
      In this thesis, studying the numeral indefinites in Bangla, I argue that distributive numerals are not distributivity operators themselves. The distributive numerals introduce a plurality of discourse referents, and they ...
    • Doing your best (while making do with less) : the actual value conception of instrumental rationality 

      Doody, Ryan (Ryan Dennis) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016)
      In this thesis, I sketch a decision-theoretic picture of instrumental rationality, which I call the Actual Value Conception: roughly, that you should align your preferences over your options to your best estimates of how ...
    • Economic inequalities and choice : a reassessment of Ronald Dworkin's theory of distributive justice 

      Sofaer, Neema, 1972- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2004)
      This dissertation proposes a new reading and appraisal of an important theory of distributive justice, Ronald Dworkin's "Equality of Resources" (ER). ER is traditional in holding that choices made by rational, ignorant and ...
    • Economy and semantic interpretation : a study of scope and variable binding 

      Fox, Daniel J. (Daniel Judah), 1966- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1998)
    • Edges and linearization 

      Trinh, Tue H. (Tue Huu) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011)
      This thesis is concerned with how grammar determines the phonological consequence of syntactic dislocation. It centers on a hypothesis regarding the linearization of movement chains - the Edge Condition on Copy Deletion, ...