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FYI: 2003 LSA Institute, Michigan St. U, Lansing MI

Author: Dennis R. Preston


2003 LSA Institute, June 30 - August 8, 2003

Sponsored by
The Linguistic Society of America &
The Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African
Languages, Michigan State University

Theme: Language, Mind & Culture

Nearly 90 courses in all areas of linguistics, taught by nearly 100 of
the word's best-known linguists, will be offered at the 2003 LSA
Institute at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.
Seven introductory courses run the entire 6 weeks; the remainder are
offered in 3-week blocks from June 30th to July 18th or from July 21s
to August 8th. There are both introductory and advanced courses in the
3-week sessions, and all courses are open to graduate and
undergraduate students and Institute Affiliates (nonstudents). A
variety of concurrent events (workshops, conferences) will be held in
conjunction with the regular coursework of the Institute, and the
Sapir, Collitz, and Forum Lecture Series include

Edward Sapir Professor: Ray Jackendoff
Hermann & Klara Collitz Professor: John Rickford
Forum lecturers:
Janet Dean Fodor, Jane Hill, William Labov, and Michael Tanenhaus

For complete, up-to-date information, including course, conference,
and workshop schedules, visit the Institute website:


Registration information and forms will be available on the website in
late November, 2002. A brochure will be distributed to departments of
linguistics around the first of December, 2002, and individual copies
can be requested by e-mailing us a


or writing to us a

LSA 2003
A-740 Wells Hall
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1027 USA

We look forward to welcoming you to East Lansing next summer.

Dennis R. Preston
Director, 2003 LSA Institute

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