LINGUIST List 26.1049

Tue Feb 24 2015

Summer Schools: Linguistic Summer School in the Indian Mountains / Solang, Himachal Pradesh, India

Editor for this issue: Ashley Parker <>

Date: 23-Feb-2015
From: Tanmoy Bhattacharya <>
Subject: Linguistic Summer School in the Indian Mountains / Solang, Himachal Pradesh, India
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Linguistic Summer School in the Indian Mountains / Solang, Himachal Pradesh, India

Host Institution: FOSSSIL Society
Coordinating Institution: Central Institute of Indian Languages

Dates: 24-May-2015 - 06-Jun-2015

Location: Solang, Himachal Pradesh, India

Focus: The theme for the school is the role and operation of negation and modality in languages, with a focus on Indian languages.

Minimum Education Level: MA

Special Qualifications:
Research in any area of syntax or semantics is preferable.

Linguistic Summer School in the Indian Mountains (LISSIM) 9, the 9th version of the internationally renowned annual summer school organised by Formal Studies in the Syntax and Semantics of Indian Languages (FOSSSIL), will take
place in Solang Valley, Himachal Pradesh, from May 24 through June 6, 2015. Surrounded by the Himalayan Mountains, the Summer School venue is ideal for communal living and learning, devoid of the usual distractions of a city, town or even a touristy hill station.

The teaching faculty will consist of the following established experts in formal linguistics:

- Ana Arregui, University of Ottawa
- Chris Collins, New York University
- Sabine Iatridou, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Hedde Zeijlstra, University of Goettingen

Linguistic Field(s):

Language Families: Sino-Tibetan

Tuition: 400 USD

Tuition Explanation:
Registration Fees for LISSIM 9 have been fixed as follows:

- Indian/South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) students: 12,000 INR
- other students: 400 USD
- Indian/ SAARC teaching faculty: 16,000 INR
- other teaching faculty: 450 USD
- non-teaching PhDs: 425 USD

The registration fee includes cost of materials distributed (if any), board, and lodging for the duration of the school. However, in addition, every candidate selected for interview will have to become a member of the society, as per the following rates:

- national employees: 1,500 INR
- national students: 500 INR
- foreign employee : 75 USD
- foreign students: 50 USD

Registration: 24-Mar-2015 to 10-Apr-2015

Contact Person: Tanmoy Bhattacharya

Apply by Email:

Registration Instructions:
The admission to the school is highly competitive, and since the number of student participants is limited to 20, prospective participants are requested to apply as soon as possible. Students from India are requested to apply for
membership to FOSSSIL by writing an email of intention to

Selection for the school is based on previous records, a written essay, and an interview. Your essay for the selection process may dwell, conjecture or speculate on either or both of the following topics, preferably discussing
phenomena, and even more preferably from one of your own languages. This year, LISSIM will explore the role and operation of negation and modality in languages. For the purpose of the essay, the following task has been set:

A. Since Cinque's influential work on the functional sequence, it has become commonplace to associate modal particles and verbs with the higher functional areas of the clause. However, while such a high analysis may be eminently suitable for some modals/languages, it is by no means obvious that all modals cross-linguistically have universal distribution. Examine your language in comparison with a Cinquean exemplar, and discuss whether there exists a potential problem. Discuss the problem as fully as you can and suggest ways that the problem may be tackled.

B. Attraction of the negative belonging to an embedded clause to the main clause verb is often seen as exactly that (i.e., attraction), or as a pragmatic effect. Argue in favour of one or the other approach with respect to data from your language.

We will evaluate entries for originality and novelty, so you are advised not to replicate standard analyses of textbook examples of the above issues. Entries must not be more than 2-4 pages long, and typeset in a font no less than 11 point in size, with 1 inch margins on all 4 sides. Essays exceeding the size limit will be rejected without any further considerations. Submit the entries as both docx and pdf files, with all fonts embedded in the former.

Entries must be submitted by March 31 at midnight IST, along with a brief bio-data, including a brief resume that lists the courses in syntax and semantics you have taken, and a brief write-up of your research and/or reading activities in the last year.

A recommendation from your supervisor or your MA syntax teacher must be attached with your email or mailed to us separately.

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