LISSIM 7: Syntactic Variation May 26 - June 14, 2013
Funded byCIIL and GLOW
LISSIM 7 Announced!

This is the first announcment for LISSIM 7, the 7th version of the internationally renowned annual Summer School organised by FOSSSIL. LISSIM 7 will take place in Sidhbari, Kangra, from May 26 - 14th June, 2013. Surrounded by the Dhaula Dhar range of 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:

  • David Adger, Queen Mary, University of London
  • Tor Afarli, Trondheim University, Norway
  • Sjef Barbiers, Meertens University, Amsterdam
  • Tanmoy Bhattacharya, University of Delhi
  • Ayesha Kidwai, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi
  • Hilda Koopman, UCLA
  • Julie Legate, University of Pennsylvania
  • Charles Yang, University of Pennsylvania

Selection for the School is based on previous records, written essay and an interview. For the purpose of the essay, the following task has been set:

Identify, describe, and attempt to explain one instance of variation in a syntactic construction in your language/speech community. Be sure to:

  • Describe the exact type of the variation -- does it relate to LF or PF or to the transformational engine?
  • Identify the source of the variation -- dialectal/ idiolectal/ social or is it based on register/discourse context/pragmatic, etc.?
  • Discuss the challenge it poses to either existing analyses of the linguistic construction or to general theoretical formulations.
  • Outline an analysis that would reconcile these challenges.

We will evaluate entries for originality and novelty, so you are advised not to replicate standard analyses of textbook examples of parametric variation. Entries must not be more than 2 A4 pages long, and typeset in a font no less than 11 pt in size.

Entries must be submitted by 15th March 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.


LISSIM 6 was successfully held at Sidhbari, Kangra, between 1stto 15th June, 2012 amidst the presence of 26 graduate students from India, US and Belgium and 7 faculty members, from DU, JNU, MIT, Universite Paris, UConn and USC. Within Syntax, 2 workshops on case and morphology of comparatives were held and within Semantics, a day-long workshop on The Semantics of Comparatives was held. Read more.

May 18, 2013

Our only Khasi speaker, Dr Grace Mary Temsen had to unfortunately cancel her participation at the last moment, making way for the very last change in the list; the modified list is as follows:

April 12, 2013

Here it is, finally!

April 6, 2013

The the list here provides the time-slot for face-to-face and Skype interviews. As announced before, the interviews are to be held on April 9-10, 2013 for possible final selection in LISSIM 7. There will be a 60% weightage attached to interviews, making it by far the most important stge of the selection. Read more...

April 3, 2013

This is the list of candidates who have been short-listed to appear for interviews to be held on April 9-10, 2013 for possible final selection in LISSIM 7 based on the average of scores from 6 external reviewers for the essays submitted. The list is in order of merit.Read more...

April 2, 2013

This is the list of candidates pre-selcted (which means they will not be required to appear for the interviews) for participation in LISSIM 7 based on the strength of their essays and/or their known commitments in the field. Read more...

March 16, 2013

Extending the deadline to March 15th helped as many essays (presumably all excellent!) have been received. Those who hav not included a short bio or asked their referees to send a reco to us directly are requested to do so immediately, otherwise those applications will be counted as incomplete and not processed any further. The essays will now be sent off for external review to 5 external experts. The list of only short-listed candidates will be posted on April 6th and Skype or face-to-face interviews to be conducted April 8-10, 2013.

March 1, 2013

On popoluar demands, the deadline for the LISSIM 7 essay is now extended to 15th march, 2013, mid-night IST (Indian Standar Time). Please also note that essay over-shooting the size specification will be rejected without any further explanation

February 21, 2013

As in the case of LISSIM6, we are applying fr fnding the School to CIIL, Mysore and GLOW.

February 18, 2013

Booking early is extremely important, there have been cases of both faculty and student missing a particular school because of not booking early enough. Booking usually open three months in advance, which means if you want to travel on May 24th, you must book your train tickets from Feb 24th onwards, and usually within the first 2-3 days, all the berths in AC compartments fill up. More.

February 16, 2013

Training And Research Academy (TARA) is a project of Jagori Grameen, a rural community based organization working in remote villages of the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. The Academy is located in Sidhbari, District Kangra, a small village close to Dharamshala Town. More.


I am writing this letter in support of the funding request by the organizers of LISSIM. I taught at LISSIM last year. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and I am grateful to the Central Institute of Indian Languages for making the event possible with their funding. Read more