LISSIM 8: WH/ PHI May 24 - June 6, 2014
Funded byCIIL and GLOW
L8 group


LISSIM 8 Announced!

This is the first announcment for LISSIM 8, the 8th version of the internationally renowned annual Summer School organised by FOSSSIL. LISSIM 8 will take place in Solang Valley, Himachal pradesh, from May 24 -6th June, 2014. 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:

  • Klaus Abels, University College London
  • Rajesh Bhatt, University of Massachussetts
  • Veneeta Dayal, Rutgers University
  • Joachim Sabel, Catholic University of Louvain

Selection for the School is based on previous records, written essay and an interview. This LISSIM will explore the features of wh-/phi. For the purpose of the essay, the following task has been set:

Your essay for the selection process may dwell/conjecture/speculate on any or both of the following topics, preferably discussing phenomena, and even more preferably from one of your own languages:

  • (A) It is standardly assumed that phi-features are inherent and interpretable for nouns, but there are facts of natural language such as the existence of grammatical gender which should lead us to qualify this assumption. Do phenomena relating to the other phi-features of number and person also compel us in the same direction? How will such a qualification be phrased, and what will its consequences be for the operations that rely on phi-features?
  • (B) It is commonly held that wh-phrases actually bundle together two features -- an interpretable Q feature and an uninterpretable wh-feature. Wh-licensing involves Probe and Matching from Cs that bear an uninterpretable Q-feature. Are these basic premises called into question the facts of echo questions and cleft questions? How?.

We will evaluate entries for originality and novelty, so you are advised not to replicate standard analyses of textbook examples of 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.

Entries must be submitted by 23rd March mid-night IST (but see Latest News on the right panel), 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 7 was successfully held at Sidhbari, Kangra, between 26th May to 16th June, 2013; the theme was "Syntactic Variation". A total of 23 graduate students from India, UK and US and 9 faculty members, from DU, JNU, QMUL, Meertens, Hyderabad, UCLA and UPenn. total of 4 workshops were held, on Case, Doubling, Adjectives and the Gaddi language. Read more.

April 25, 2014

Confirmation sought by 30th April, 2014

April 20, 2014

The first list of selected candidates declared today. Confirmation of participation sought latest by April 24, 2014; the 2nd list will be published on April 25, 2014.

April 15, 2014

Please note the following changes in the interview schedule. The candidates will be contacted through email with details

  • April 18: International Skype (4 pm onwards)
  • April 19: Face-to-Face (3 pm onwards)
  • April 20: National Skype (11 AM onwards)

April 13, 2014

The list below includes the list of applicants selected for Lissim8 based on their essays and interviews and the general long-list of other applicants to be interview as per the schedule to be declared soon

April 6, 2014

The following applicants have been selected for a Skype interview for a possible place in LISSIM 8, to be held on April 10th, 2014 at 2:30 PM IST:

  • Sakshi Bhatia, UMass
  • Marcin Dadan, UConn
  • Sabine Laszakovits, University of Vienna
  • Philip Shushurin, Moscow State University

April 6, 2014

Please note the following announcements:

  1. Applicants who have sent their application by clicking the email link from this site are requested to re-send their applications by typing the email address.
  2. The General Short-List will be published on April 13, 2014. Skype and Face-to-Face interviews to be scheduled for April 15, 2014.
  3. The final list will be published on April 16, 2014
  4. Membership Fees for selected candidates living overseas will have to be paid by April 18, 2014. [Note that applicants from India have all paid their membership fees]

April 4, 2014

GLOW funding received; what an inspiration!

March 23, 2014

The deadline for the LISSIM 8 essay is now extended to 5th April, 2014, mid-night IST (Indian Standard Time), on popular deamands, as they say. However, applications received by tonight (the original deadline), will be processed and an early short-list will be published by the same date, i.e., the extended deadline of 5th April; this is to aid in visa and ticketing processes that overseas participants may have to undergo. Prospective participants who have already submitted their essays but who may wish to re-work on their essays may do so, just sent us an email withdrawing your submission for the time being.

March 3, 2014

Due to an unavoidadble delay, the deadline for the LISSIM 8 essay is 23rd march, 2014, mid-night IST (Indian Standar Time). Essay details posted as of today

March 2, 2014

As in the case of LISSIM7, we are applying fr fnding the School to CIIL, Mysore and GLOW.

March 3, 2014

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 22th, you must book your train tickets from Feb 22nd onwards, and usually within the first 2-3 days, all the berths in AC compartments fill up. More.

February 22, 2014

Since we are changing our venue after three years, not much is known about the ups and downs of this place, however, it is clear that it is quite up and cool!


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