LINGUIST List 28.873

Wed Feb 15 2017

Summer Schools: Linguistic Summer School in the Indian Mountains/India

Editor for this issue: Yue Chen <>

Date: 15-Feb-2017
From: Tanmoy Bhattacharya <>
Subject: Linguistic Summer School in the Indian Mountains/India
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Linguistic Summer School in the Indian Mountains

Host Institution: FOSSSIL Society

Dates: 22-May-2017 - 05-Jun-2017
Location: Solang, Himachal Pradesh, India

Focus: Linguistic Summer School in the Indian Mountains (LISSIM) 10, the 10th 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 22 through June 5, 2017. 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:

- Hagit Borer, Queen Mary University of London
- Susi Wurmbrand, University of Connecticut
- Artemis Alexiadou, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
- Mark C. Baker, Rutgers University

Workshop 1:
- Tor Anders Åfarli, Norwegian University of Science & Technology
- Terje Lohndal,Norwegian University of Science & Technology and UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Workshop 2:
- Pritty Patel-Grosz, University of Oslo
- Patrick G. Grosz, University of Oslo
Minimum Education Level: MA


Linguistic Field(s): Typology

Tuition: 400 USD

Tuition Explanation:

Registration Fees for LISSIM 10 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: 25-Mar-2017 to 10-Apr-2017

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 secretary

Selection for the school is based on previous records, a written essay, and an
interview. This year, LISSIM will explore verbal morphosyntax, the
lexicon-syntax connection, and syntactic variation, and the following essay
problem is designed to address these topics:

Combinations that make up a verbal complex often display variant properties;
the complexes can be made up of any combination or overlap of converbs, serial
verbs, complex predicates or verbal clusters. For example, the following
examples from Bangla (1) and Hindi (2) show a number of variant participial/
non-finite endings (marked here only as ‘nf’) that vary across these
genetically related languages, in addition to the internal compexity of the
complex predicate itself:

(1) bhat khe-ye film dekh-te gElo
rice eat-nf film see-nf went

(2) caawal khaa-kar film dekh-ne gayaa
rice eat-nf film see-nf went
‘having eaten rice, (s/he) went to watch the film.’

Quite apart from this, when a English/ other “loan” word is “borrowed” into
this structure, a further complexity arises, as in the Bangla equivalent (3):
(3) bhat khe-ye film watch-kor-te gElo
rice eat-nf film -DO-nf went

Your essay for the selection process may dwell/conjecture/speculate on any one
(or a combination) of the following topics, preferably in relation to
theoretically relevant phenomena from one of your own languages:

- How are verbal complexes of various types structured in your language? Is
there a cross-linguistic or dialectal variation in this structuring?
- How does “loan” English or/and Other language word “borrowing” into one or
more of the verbal complex structures in your language alter/ say something
more/ obey the structuring constraints of your/ the other language?
- What do verbal complexes of various types in your language – “mixed” or not
mixed – tell us about the Lexicon-Syntax connection? Are there alternative
conceptualisations possible for their derivations?

Since entries will be evaluated for originality and novelty, avoid standard
analyses of textbook examples (in case you find such examples!) of the above
issues. Entries must not be more than 2 A4 pages long, and typeset in a font
no less than 11 pt in size with 1 inch margin on all 4 sides; essays exceeding
the size limit will be rejected without any further considerations. Submit the
entries in both DOCX AND PDF with all fonts embedded in the former, both
formats should be anonymous.

Entries must be submitted by 15th March 2017 mid-night IST, along with a brief
bio-data, including a brief resume that lists the courses in syntax and
semantics you have taken plus 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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