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Staniszewski defends!

Congratulations to Frank Staniszewski, who successfully and excellently defended his dissertation on August 25, 2022, titled Modality and Time in Logical Context

The dissertation develops a theory of neg-raising that unifies the phenomenon with existing theories of free choice and negative polarity items. The empirical focus is on “until”-phrases and on the neg-raising predicates “want”, “should”, and “be supposed to”. Predictions of the formal account are then examined in a language acquisition experiment.