LISSIM 9: Negation/ Modality May 24 - June 6, 2015
Funded byCIIL and GLOW
LISSIM 9 Announced!

This is the first announcment for LISSIM 9, the 9th version of the internationally renowned annual Summer School organised by FOSSSIL. LISSIM 9 will take place in Solang Valley, Himachal pradesh, from May 24 -6th June, 2015. 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 LISSIM will explore the role and operation of negation and modality in languages. For the purpose of the essay, the following task has been set:

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

  • (A) Since Cinque's influential work on the functional sequence, it has become commonplace to associate modal particles and verbs with the higher functional areas of the clause. However, while such a high analysis may be eminently suitable for some modals/languages, it is by no means obvious that all modals crosslinguistically have universal distribution. Examine your language in comparison with a Cinquean exemplar, and discuss whether there exists a potential problem. Discuss the problem as fully as you can and suggest ways that the problem may be tackled.
  • (B) Attraction of the negative belonging to an embedded clause to the main clause verb is often seen as exactly that (i.e., attraction) or as a pragmatic effect. Argue in favour of one or the other approach with respect to data from your language.

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

Entries must be submitted by 22nd 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 or mailed to us separately.

May 20, 2015
April 22, 2015

Please note that the Teaching Plans page is put

Only the Collins Plan is available right now

April 21, 2015

Please note that the revised final-list has been posted

Confirmation of participation is sought by 25th April, 2015, from those who have now been promoted to the selected list

April 15, 2015

Please note that the final-list has been posted

April 10, 2015

Please note that the long-list (first short-list) has been posted

April 8, 2015

    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)

April 8, 2015

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

  • April 10: International Skype (8 pm onwards)
  • April 11: Face-to-Face (9 am onwards)
  • April 12: National Skype (11 AM onwards)
April 5, 2015
  1. As a result of extending the essay-deadline, the calender of events is somewhat delayed; the general long-list will be announced on Friday 10th April, 2015, midnight
  2. Fees and other details can be confirmed from the Linguist List announcement

March 19, 2015
  1. On popular requests, the deadline for the LISSIM9 essay has been extended to Tuesday 31st March, 2015, midnight
  2. Other dates will be similarly extended and will be notified in advance

March 18, 2015
  1. Please note a change in Ana Arregui's weblink; the new address provides a link to her papers.

February 23, 2015
  1. Applicants are requested to send their applications by typing the email address.
  2. The General Short-List will be published on April 6, 2015. Skype and Face-to-Face interviews to be scheduled for April 11-12, 2015.
  3. The final list will be published on April 13, 2015
  4. Membership Fees for candidates selected for interview will have to be paid BEFORE the interview. Please contact Assistant Treasurer for membership queries

February 22, 2014

Our venue remains the same as the last year, which we all liked, only if we can negotiate the ride from Delhi better!


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