Recent Submissions

  • Induction and interaction in the evolution of language and conceptual structure 

    Carr, Jon William (The University of Edinburgh, 2019-07-02)
    Languages evolve in response to various pressures, and this thesis adopts the view that two pressures are especially important. Firstly, the process of learning a language functions as a pressure for greater simplicity ...
  • Coordinating utterances during conversational dialogue: the role of content and timing predictions 

    Corps, Ruth (The University of Edinburgh, 2019-07-02)
    During conversation, we take turns at talk and switch between listening to a speaker and producing an appropriate and timely response. In fact, we often do so with relatively little gap or overlap between our own and our ...
  • Language change in bilingual returnee children: mutual effects of bilingual experience and cognition 

    Kubota, Maki (The University of Edinburgh, 2019-07-02)
    In this thesis, I focus on the linguistic changes that occur within bilingual returnee children; that is, children who were immersed in a second language (L2) dominant environment and returned to their first language ...
  • Questions, biases and ‘negation’: evidence from Scots varieties 

    Jamieson, Elyse Anne (The University of Edinburgh, 2019-07-02)
    In recent years, there has been considerable linguistic interest in ‘non-canonical questions’ (Dayal 2016). These constructions express some quantity of interrogative meaning, as well as some additional bias, or some ...
  • Emergence and adaptation of referential conventions in dialogue 

    Castillo, Lucía (The University of Edinburgh, 2019-07-02)
    When speakers in dialogue are faced with the need to repeatedly refer to the same items, they usually use the same references they or their partners had used before. These previously-used references act as precedents, ...
  • On the fallibility of human memory for future actions 

    Pluviano, Sara (The University of Edinburgh, 2019-07-02)
    Human memory is a system that is inherently fallible and prone to distortion, and our memory for future actions is no exception. Prospective memory is defined either as remembering to carry out a task at a particular moment ...
  • Convention and intention: a defence of internationality against meaning-relativism 

    Mount, R. G. (The University of Edinburgh, 2004)
    In the dissertation are considered a number of ways in which one may discern, write and analyse conventions and intentions for the illocutionary forces of speech acts, and meanings, senses and references for statements ...
  • A critical and experimental study in the development of moral ideas 

    Miller, Ross (The University of Edinburgh, 1928)
    This study makes no attempt at a comprehensive history of ethics. It rather approaches some representative theories from the standpoint of the thesis that morality is the socialized behaviour of the integrated personality. ...
  • The education of the ethical consciousness: a study of the growth of the ethical consciousness in the individual 

    MacDonald, John (The University of Edinburgh, 1924)
    The growth of the ethical consciousness in the individual has not been adequately studied by the psychologists. The question has indeed attracted the attention of several writers but the treatment of it has been on the ...
  • Authoritarianism in parents and the upbringing of children 

    Laycock, Arthur Leslie (The University of Edinburgh, 1958)
    Several lines of enquiry which would have been of special interest were closed for lack of greater numbers of subjects. For example, although one of the five lower middle-class schools was Roman Catholic, the question ...
  • Aspects of the history of English pronunciation in Scotland 

    Kohler, Klaus J. (The University of Edinburgh, 1964)
    The aim of this thesis has been to review, in the light of modern linguistic theory, a hypothesis put forward hy J.A.H. Murray in his .monograph "The Dialect of the Southern Counties of Scotland. London, 1873", according ...
  • Aims, motives, and reasons 

    Jenkins, John Jestyn (The University of Edinburgh, 1965)
    This thesis is intended primarily as an attempt at clarifying some of the traditional theories and concepts connected with the concept of motivation. It has stemmed, naturally enough, from an initial interest in the ...
  • Rheumatism 

    Hutson, Herbert (The University of Edinburgh, 1911)
    Obviously it is beyond the scope of this essay to enter into a full and critical account of all the above various conditions to which the term rheumatism has been in one sense or other applied. Such being,then, both ...
  • A cross-linguistic study of the lexis of locomotion in learners of second language English 

    Hill, David John (The University of Edinburgh, 1993)
    The lexical development of second language learners can be seen to involve them in a process of recategorization. This is also a lifelong, though progressively attenuated, feature in the first language. For the second ...
  • Aeternitas - a Spinozistic study 

    Hallett, Harold Foster (The University of Edinburgh, 1930)
    THE following essay is essentially metaphysical: it is an attempt towards providing a corrective for the phenomenalism which, in one form or another, directly or inversely, prevails in our era. Though I am an Englishman, ...
  • Donwtrend and normalisation 

    Yuen, Ivan (The University of Edinburgh, 2005)
    This thesis reports on three studies of downtrend and normalisation in Hong Kong Can¬ tonese, with the goal of finding out what kind of frame of reference can be used to identify and equate the same Cantonese tone in ...
  • Baldwinian accounts of language evolution 

    Yamauchi, Hajime (The University of Edinburgh, 2004)
    Since Hinton & Nowlan published their seminal paper (Hinton & Nowlan 1987), the neglected evolutionary process of the Baldwin effect has been widely acknowledged. Especially in the field of language evolution, the Baldwin ...
  • Action and volition 

    Weir, George R. S. (The University of Edinburgh, 1983)
    Despite views to the contrary, 'action' is not a concept alien to ordinary ways of thinking, hence the significance of the philosophical problem of action, which demands that we ground this concept in some real ...
  • Discovering infant logic 

    Wallace, D. J. (The University of Edinburgh, 1986)
    Adults have characterised infants as incompetent in action and cognition. An- alternative interpretation which characterises infants as different rather than deficient is asserted. This alternative explanation is derived ...
  • An examination of the influence of behaviour topography and level of severity of learning disability on staff attributions and emotional responses towards challenging behaviour shown by adults with learning disabilities 

    Walker, Brigid (The University of Edinburgh, 2003)
    It has been long acknowledged that staff responses to challenging behaviour shown by people with learning disabilities often contributes to the long-term maintenance of the challenging behaviour. In recent years, in an ...

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