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



  1. Negative markers and negative dependencies: an overview
    1. *Zeijlstra, Hedde. 2013. Negation and polarity. In: M. Den Dikken (ed). The Cambridge handbook of generative syntax. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press. 793-826. Part I.
  2. Negative Concord
    1. De Swart, Henriette & Ivan Sag. 2002. Negative concord in Romance. Linguistics and Philosophy 25: 373-417.
    2. Giannakidou, Anastasia. 2000. Negative … concord? Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, 18: 457–523.
    3. *Zeijlstra, Hedde. 2008. Negative Concord is syntactic agreement. Ms University of Amsterdam. Lingbuzz/000645.
  3. Negative quantifiers and split-scope effects
    1. Abels, Klaus & Luisa Marti. 2010. A unified approach to split scope. Natural Language Semantics 18: 435-47.
    2. Penka, Doris. 2010. Negative Indefinites. (Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics 32.) Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Selected chapters)
    3. *Zeijlstra, Hedde. 2011. On the Lexical Status of Negative Indefinites in Dutch and German. Journal of Comparative Germanic Linguistics 14: 111-138.
  4. Neg-raising and the nall problem
    1. Horn, Larry. 2007 In press. Histoire d’*O: Lexical pragmatics and the geometry of opposition. In Jean-Yves Béziau & Gilbert Payette (eds.) New Perspectives on the Square of Opposition, 393-426. In press, Peter Lang.
    2. *Zeijlstra, Hedde. 2012. Negative Universals: Understanding the nall problem.
  5. Negative polarity items: the licenser question
    1. Ladusaw, Bill. 1996. Negation and Polarity Items. In Lappin, S. (ed.). 1996 The Handbook of Contemporary Semantic Theory. Oxford: Blackwell. 321-341.
    2. *Zeijlstra, Hedde. 2013. Negation and polarity. In: M. Den Dikken (ed). The Cambridge handbook of generative syntax. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press. 793-826. Part II.
  6. Negative polarity items: the licensee question
    1. Giannakidou, Anastasia. 2011. “Negative polarity and positive polarity: licensing, variation, and compositionality.” In The Handbook of Natural Language Meaning (second edition), edited by Klaus von Heusinger, Claudia Maienborn, and Paul Portner, 1660–1712. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
    2. Chierchia, Gennaro. 2013. Logic in Grammar: Polarity, Free choice, and Intervention. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Selected chapters)
    3. *Jing Lin, Fred Weerman & Hedde Zeijlstra. 2014. NPIs of different strengths are NPIs for different reasons: what language acquisition tells us about the nature of NPIs.
  7. Negation, modals and positive polarity items
    1. Szabolcsi, Anna. 2004. Positive polarity—negative polarity. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 22: 409-452.
    2. Homer, Vincent. 20120. Neg-raising and Positive Polarity: The View from Modals. To appear in Semantics & Pragmatics.
    3. *Sabine Iatridou & Hedde Zeijlstra. 2013. Negation, polarity and deontic modals. Linguistic Inquiry 44: 529-568.
  8. Negation, positive polarity items and speech acts
    1. Han, Chye, 2001. Force, negation and imperatives, The Linguistic Review 18 , 289-325.
    2. *Zeijlstra, Hedde. 2013. Not in the first place. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 31: 865-900.

April 22, 2015

Please note that the Teaching Plans page is put up

However, 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 secretary@fosssil.in 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