LINGUIST List 29.1529

Mon Apr 09 2018

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

Editor for this issue: Sarah Robinson <>

Date: 09-Apr-2018
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: 25-May-2018 - 03-Jun-2018
Location: Solang, Himachal Pradesh, India

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

Ian Roberts, University of Cambridge
Tor Anders Åfarli, Norwegian University of Science & Technology
Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine, National University of Singapore
Susana Bejar,University of Toronto
Minimum Education Level: Masters in Linguistics

Special Qualifications:
Preferable qualification: engaged in a research degree in Linguistics (MPhil/ PhD)

LISSIM is well-known Summer School is run by FOSSSIL (Formal Studies in the
Syntax & Semantics of Indian Languages) every year during May-June; it's held
at an exclusive location and the admission to the School is highly
competitive, based on initial application, an essay and an interview. Renowned
formal linguists hold classes and 2-3 workshops are held during the School.

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics

Tuition: 300 USD

Tuition Explanation: LISSIM Fees:
Students from India/ SAARC countries Rs. 12,000 ​
​Other students $300​
Teaching staff from India/ SAARC countries Rs. 16,000
Other teaching staff $400
Non-teaching other PhDs (Rs 13,000 or $375)

FOSSSIL Registration fees:
Students from India/ SAARC countries Rs. 500 ​
​Other students $50
Teaching staff from India/ SAARC countries Rs. 1500
Other teaching staff $75
Non-teaching other PhDs (Rs 1300 or $70)

FOSSSIL registration fees are to be paid before the final selection round
(i.e. the interview), if a candidate is not selected, 50% will be returned.

Tuition and fees cover food, accommodation (shared), and teaching materials for the whole duration (10 nights). ​

Registration: 23-Apr-2018 to 30-Apr-2018

Contact Person: Tanmoy Bhattacharya

Apply by Email:

Registration Instructions:
Selection for the School is based on previous records, written essay and an
interview. This year, LISSIM will explore Parameters, Predication, Copular
Constructions and variation in Adjectival/ Participial agreement, and the
following essay problems are designed to address these topics:

Please attempt only ONE of the following two problems. Problem I is open to
all, Problem II is open to only applicants who have never attended a LISSIM
before. Thus, anyone who has attended at least one LISSIM before, doesn’t have
any option and must attempt Problem I.

Problem I

When wh-words, especially in in-situ languages, are preceded by focus
elements, the wh sentence becomes ungrammatical. This can be seen in Korean.

(1) *minsu-man nuku-lul po-ass-ni
Minsu-only who-acc see-past-Q
‘Who did only Minsu see?’
Since Beck (2006), it has been suggested that whenever a focus operator
intervenes between a question operator and the wh-word, it causes this
ungrammaticality. But not all languages and all constructions exhibit focus
intervention effects. Much recent work has based itself on this explanation -
Beck & Kim (2006), Kim (2006), Eckardt (2006), Tomioka (2012). However, Li &
Law (2016) have shown that focus intervention effects do not obtain in Chinese
in certain construction:

(2) Libai zhi chuxi-le shenme huodong?
Libai only attend-Asp what activity
‘What was the activity x such that Libai only attended x?’
Study the literature to understand how and where intervention effects
manifest, and then evaluate your language to check whether focus intervention
effects obtain in it. Explore with different focus elements and different
wh-words. Are the effects uniformly present or absent or is there a pattern of

Problem II
In the Principles and Parameters models of the early ‘80s and ‘90s, parametric
variation was conceived of as yielding variation in the presence/absence of
syntactic phenomena in a systematic way. Discuss any one such parameter in
your language.

Since entries will be evaluated for originality and novelty, avoid standard
analyses of textbook examples. 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 19th April 2018 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 emailed to us separately.

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