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Summer School Announcement: The 11th annual NY-St. Petersburg Institute of Linguistics, Cognition and Culture (NYI-XI)/ St. Petersburg, Russia

Host Institution: St. Petersburg State University
Coordinating Institution: Stony Brook University
Website http://www.nyi.spb.ru
Dates: 15-Jul-2013 to 2-Aug-2013
Location: St. Petersburg, Russia
Focus: The 11th annual NY-St. Petersburg Institute of Linguistics, Cognition and Culture (NYI-XI) is an interdisciplinary institute focusing on Generative Linguistics, Cognitive Psychology, Philosophy of Language and Culture/Media Studies. NYI is open to advanced undergraduate and graduate students from all backgrounds and countries interested in comparative and formal approaches to Theoretical Linguistics and Cognition as well as Cultural and Media Studies.
Minimum Education Level: Undergraduate
Additional Qualifications: Advanced Undergraduates and graduate students have priority.
Full Summer School Description:
Participants create their own study program from seminars in the following fields:

- Generative Linguistics;
- Philosophy of Mind/Language
- Cognitive Psychology
- Critical Cultural and Comparative Media Studies

2013 Linguistics/Cognitive Studies Faculty:
- John F. Bailyn (Stony Brook University)
- Rajesh Bhatt, (UMass Amherst)
- Janet Dean Fodor (CUNY Graduate Center)
- Jerry Fodor (Rutgers)
- Caroline Heycock (University of Edinburg)
- Sabine Iatridou (MIT)
- Jaye Padgett (Santa Cruz)
- Roumyana Pancheva (USC)
- Sergei Tatevosov (Moscow State University)

For information on our Cultural and Media Studies faculty, please go to http://www.nyi.spb.ru/faculty.

For our Cultural and Media Studies seminars, please visit: http://www.nyi.spb.ru/seminars

Course Listings:
  • Implicit Arguments
    • Bhatt & Pancheva
  • Introduction to Language Learnabilty Theory
    • Janet Fodor
  • The Nature of Concepts
    • Jerry Fodor
  • Seminar in Syntax: "Being Syntactic"
    • Heycock
  • Generative Syntax: An Advanced Introduction
    • Iatridou
  • Explaining Phonology
    • Padgett
  • The Syntax of Conditionals
    • Bhatt, Iatridou, Pancheva
  • Introduction to Formal Semantics
    • Tatevosov
  • Facets of Slavic Aspect
    • Tatevosov, Pancheva, Iatridou
Linguistic Subfield: General Linguistics
Subject Language:
Lang family:
Tuition: (USD)
Financial Aid:
Some mini-grants are available to offset travel costs.
Financial Aid Application: Inquire at time of application.
Registration Dates: 10-Apr-2013 to 31-May-2013
Contact person information: John Frederick Bailyn
Apply online: http://nyi.spb.ru/application
Registration Instructions: Early Application Deadline for all students: April 10, 2013 ($50 fee reduction).
Final Application Deadline for all students (if spaces remain): May 15, 2013.
Application Deadline for students needing visas: May 17. Deadline for students not needing visas: May 31 (if spaces remain).
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