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    • Generalized inversion and theory of agree 

      Wu, Hsiao-hung Iris (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008)
      In this thesis I examine some of the fundamental questions surrounding inversion structures. I first provide an analysis of Locative Inversion. I show that the mixed A- and A- syntactic behavior of the fronted PP in English ...
    • Getting even 

      Crnič, Luka (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011)
      The focus-sensitive scalar particle even has an idiosyncratic distribution: it may associate with a weak element in its immediate surface scope only if it is appropriately embedded. We investigate such occurrences of even ...
    • Givenness, focus, and prosody 

      Bader, Christopher (Christopher Banks), 1954- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2001)
      In this dissertation, I investigate the grammatical effects of focus and the inseparable phenomenon of givenness. As Schwarzschild (1999) has proposed, a proper understanding of givenness eliminates the need for a separate ...
    • Globalizing utilitarianism : distributive justice beyond the state 

      De Bres, Helena (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2007)
      This dissertation develops and defends a utilitarian approach to global distributive justice: that part of political ethics that is concerned with the distribution of benefits and burdens across the members of distinct ...
    • Good intensions : paving two roads to a theory of the de re / de dicto distinction 

      Keshet, Ezra Russell (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008)
      The main goal of this dissertation is to determine the best theory of de re/de dicto intensionality. Recently, it has become apparent that the traditional scope theory of this phenomenon is inadequate, the most marked ...
    • The grammar of negative polarity 

      Linebarger, Marcia Christine (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1980)
    • The grammar of Q : Q-particles and the nature of Wh-fronting, as revealed by the Wh-questions of Tlingit 

      Cable, Seth (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2007)
      The central claim of this thesis is that the agent responsible for a variety of phenomena surrounding wh-operators is not those operators themselves, but rather a distinct element that we label a 'Q(uestion)-particle'. In ...
    • The grammar of quantification. 

      May, Robert Carlen (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1978)
    • Grammatical configurations and grammatical relations 

      Falk, Yehuda Nahum (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1984)
    • Grammaticalizing aspect and affectedness 

      Tenny, Carol Lee (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1987)
    • Greek prosodies and the nature of syllabification 

      Steriade, Donca (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1982)
    • Grounding pluralism 

      Richardson, Kevin Andrew (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017)
      My dissertation consists of a series of papers on grounding pluralism, the broad view that there are multiple kinds of metaphysical grounding relations. Specifically, I argue that there are three species of grounding: ...
    • Help! not just anybody : essays on altruism and conflicts of interest 

      Dougherty, Tom (Tom J.) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2010)
      If you can help someone without detriment to your interest, nor anyone else's interest, then it is clear that you ought to do so. But things are not always so easy. When there is a conflict of interest, you have to decide ...
    • Hilbert's thesis : some considerations about formalizations of mathematics 

      Berk, Lon A (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1982)
    • Identity and quantification 

      Aḵẖtar, ʻAlī (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1985)
    • Ignorance and grammar 

      Meyer, Marie-Christine, Ph. D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013)
      In this thesis, I propose a new theory of implicature. I argue that the two main theories available so far - the (Neo-)Gricean pragmatic theory on the one hand (e.g., Sauerland (2004)), and the hybrid grammatical theory ...
    • Imagination, content, and the self 

      Ninan, Dilip (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008)
      I begin with a discussion of two ways of imagining something: 'from the inside' and 'from the outside'. My interest in this topic is two-fold: First, I want to see what studying this topic can teach us about the nature of ...
    • Imaging neural correlates of syntactic complexity in a naturalistic context 

      Bachrach, Asaf (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008)
      The aim of this thesis, and the research project within which it is embedded, is to delineate a neural model of grammatical competence. For this purpose, we develop here a novel integrated, multi-disciplinary experimental ...
    • Implicatures in the DP domain 

      Marty, Paul P (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017)
      In this thesis, I investigate a set of apparently disparate phenomena that relate, more or less closely, to the interpretation of Determiner Phrases (DPs): the restrictiveness effects associated with NP modification, the ...