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• #### Any Questions? Polarity as a Window into the Structure of Questions ﻿

(2013-09-30)
This dissertation investigates the peculiar behavior of negative polarity items in questions and argues that a unified account of their distribution across declarative and interrogative constructions is feasible. These ...
• #### Diachronic Poetics and Language History: Studies in Archaic Greek Poetry ﻿

(2013-02-12)
The broad objective of this dissertation is an interdisciplinary study uniting historical linguistics, classical philology, and comparative poetics in an attempt to investigate archaic Greek poetic texts from a diachronic ...
• #### Effects of Working Memory Load and Speaker Reliability on Contrastive Inference and Quantifier Processing ﻿

(2018-05-13)
This dissertation investigates the processing of two distinct linguistic phenomena: Quantifier interpretation and contrastive inference. Research has indicated that non-literal, or pragmatic interpretation, e.g., scalar ...
• #### Feature Mismatch: Deponency in Indo-European Languages ﻿

(2014-06-06)
This thesis investigates "voice mismatch verbs" (deponents), verbs that take non-active morphology but are used in syntactically active environments. The focus is on the non-informant Indo-European languages Hittite, Vedic ...
• #### Interpreting Questions with Non-Exhaustive Answers ﻿

(2016-05-17)
This dissertation investigates a variety of issues on question semantics, especially the interpretations of mention-some questions, multiple-wh questions, and questions with quantifiers. Chapter 1 discusses some basic ...
• #### Linking Form to Meaning: Reevaluating the Evidence for the Unaccusative Hypothesis ﻿

(2018-02-23)
This dissertation investigates the linking between meaning and form of intransitive verbs by examining a popular linguistic hypothesis that postulates a one-to-one correspondence between the syntactic position of the ...
• #### A Modular Theory of Radical Pro Drop ﻿

(2014-06-06)
Mandarin Chinese is said to be a radical pro-drop language, in the sense that verbal arguments in this language can be dropped rather freely. However, in this dissertation, I show that the omission of arguments in Mandarin ...
• #### Nominal Arguments and Language Variation ﻿

(2013-02-15)
This dissertation investigates nominal arguments in classifier languages (ClLs). There are two main goals. The first is to explore what is constant and what varies in the way ClLs form nominal arguments. The second goal ...
• #### Prosodic Noun Incorporation and Verb-Initial Syntax ﻿

(2014-10-21)
To date, no real consensus has emerged among syntacticians about how to derive verb-initial order (V1); but the two main approaches, $V^0$-raising and VP-raising, receive particularly widespread support in the literature. ...
• #### The Semantics of Measurement ﻿

(2014-10-21)
This thesis examines linguistic phenomena that implicate measurement in the nominal domain. The first is morphological number, as in one book vs. two books. Intuitively, the contrast between singular and plural forms of ...
• #### The Sense of Self: Topics in the Semantics of De Se Expressions ﻿

(2013-03-08)
This work investigates a series of phenomena that shed light on the analysis of attitudes de se. We adopt Lewis’ (1979) proposal that attitudes de se involve self-ascription of a property, and investigate how this view of ...
• #### Soft but Strong. Neg-Raising, Soft Triggers, and Exhaustification ﻿

(2012-11-15)
In this thesis, I focus on scalar implicatures, presuppositions and their connections. In chapter 2, I propose a scalar implicature-based account of neg-raising inferences, standardly analyzed as a presuppositional phenomenon ...
• #### Split Intransitivity in Ranmo ﻿

(2016-05-17)
This dissertation brings novel data from Ranmo, an endangered Papuan language, to bear on the phenomenon of split intransitivity, the comparatively understudied type of split ergativity (cf. aspectual and person-based ...
• #### Studies in Tocharian Adjective Formation ﻿

(2013-10-08)
This thesis is devoted to the investigation of two morphological classes in Tocharian and their Indo-European prehistory and affiliation: 1) the continuants of Proto-Indo-European (PIE) thematic ("class I") adjectives, and ...
• #### The Syntax-Phonology Interface in Native and Near-Native Korean ﻿

(2015-09-23)
In this thesis, two types of non-native speakers are examined to advance our understanding of the language faculty. Filling a gap in literature, a production study of heritage language speakers of Korean and a comprehension ...
• #### The Caland System in the North: Archaism and Innovation in Property-Concept/State Morphology in Balto-Slavic ﻿

(2017-05-12)
As described in numerous earlier studies, the older Indo-European (IE) languages and the parent Proto-Indo-European (PIE) language displayed certain synchronically arbitrary, morphologized patterns of suffix substitution ...
• #### The Linguistic and Conceptual Representation of Scalar Alternatives: Number and 'Only' as Case Studies ﻿

(2018-01-26)
In this dissertation, I address two outstanding questions regarding how linguistic and extra-linguistic information are brought together in the interpretation of language situated within a discourse. The first part of this ...
• #### Toward a Theory of Mandarin Quantification ﻿

(2015-05-20)
The goal of this dissertation is to show that certain puzzles in the syntax and semantics of Mandarin quantification can be explained from the perspective of Hamblin semantics. Following Kratzer and Shimoyama (2002), it ...
• #### Unnatural Phonology: A Synchrony-Diachrony Interface Approach ﻿

(2018-05-11)
This dissertation addresses one of the most contested topics in phonology: which factors influence phonological typology and how to disambiguate these factors. I propose a new framework for modeling the influences of ...