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    • (Anti-)locality at the interfaces 

      Patel-Grosz, Pritty (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012)
      This dissertation investigates the constraints on referential dependency relations that can hold between epithets and their antecedents under c-command. The initial observation, presented here in (1), is that epithets can ...
    • Antidepressants, bioenhancements, and the ethics of self-respect 

      Hoffman, Virginia Anne (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009)
      Antidepressants and bioenhancement technologies raise special concerns - both for those who use them and those who don't - about who we are and how we should treat ourselves. In this dissertation, I confront these concerns ...
    • The application of physical theories to nature 

      Craig, David Clark (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1990)
    • Argument licensing and agreement in Zulu 

      Halpert, Claire (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012)
      In this thesis, I examine some core grammatical phenomena - case licensing, agreement, the EPP - through the lens of the Bantu language Zulu. Zulu has a number of remarkable and puzzling properties whose analysis affords ...
    • The articulatory basis of positional asymmetries in phonological acquisition 

      McAllister, Tara Kathleen (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009)
      Child phonological processes that lack counterparts in adult phonological typology have long posed a problem for formal modeling of phonological acquisition. This dissertation investigates child-specific processes with a ...
    • Aspects of A 

      Percus, Orin J. (Orin Judah), 1969- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1997)
    • Aspects of a Karitiana grammar 

      Storto, Luciana (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1999)
      This dissertation is intended as a description of some theoretically interesting aspects of the phonology and syntax of the Karitiana language. Karitiana is the sole surviving language of the Arikem family (Tupi Stock), ...
    • Aspects of Hopi grammar. 

      Jeanne, LaVerne Masayesva (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1978)
    • Aspects of modality 

      Hacquard, Valentine (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2006)
      It is a cross-linguistically robust fact that the same modal auxiliaries come in different flavors: epistemic, deontic, ability, teleological... This fact is neatly captured in a system where each modal has a single lexical ...
    • Aspects of Warlpiri morphology and syntax 

      Simpson, Jane Helen (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1983)
    • The aspectual nature of thematic relations : locative and temporal phrases in English and Chinese 

      Klipple, Elizabeth Mary (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1991)
    • The autonomy of the political 

      Flaherty, Joshua, 1973- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2003)
      This thesis examines and critically assesses five arguments for the autonomy of the political. The arguments I examine are those of Niccol6 Machiavelli, Jean Bodin, Thomas Hobbes, Carl Schmitt, and John Rawls. After ...
    • 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)