May 22 - June 5, 2017
This is the first announcment for LISSIM 10, the 10th version of the internationally renowned annual Summer School organised by FOSSSIL. LISSIM 10 will take place in Solang Valley, Himachal pradesh, from May 22 -5th June, 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 admission to the School is highly competitive and since the number of student participants is limited to 20, prospective participants are therefore 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.
The teaching faculty will consist of the following established experts in formal linguistics:
Selection for the School is based on previous records, 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.’
(3) bhat khe-ye film watch-kor-te gElo rice eat-nf film watch-DO-nf went
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.
Due to a lot of interest from postgraduate students for this particular school, it has been decided to keep a special interview slot open for such students who may bring a short essay on any of the two essay-topics and appear for a flash interview session from 2-3 pm on 11th April.
Also, candidates appearing for Skype interviews are requested to download at least SKYPE 5.0 and create an UserID if there's no existing one and send it us in advance (to binusan), latest by 10th April. They should also make sure that they are be available for audio conferencing through a broadband connection of 512 Kbps or higher at the scheduled time (to be notified via email)
Please note the following interview schedule. The candidates will be contacted through email with details
Our venue remains the same as the last year, which we all liked, only if we can negotiate the ride from Delhi better!