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Busy June 20 – June 26? Could you manage to squeeze one of the most intellectually intense weeks of your life into your summer schedule? For free?

NASSLLI PICI'm talking (once again!) about the North American Summer School in Logic, Language, and Information (NASSLI 2010), of which I am program chair. It's aimed at graduate students, researchers, and advanced undergraduates, in fact anyone interested in formal approaches to language, philosophy, and computation. And I bring you, Language Log reader, some hot news that gives you the chance of attending the school and making 100-150 new friends for life for free… provided you apply by June 1.

Here's the news (and this is aimed at students). The National Science Foundation has given preliminary approval for a sizable grant to NASSLLI 2010. Together with other funds we have raised this will enable us to provide students with financial support to attend the school. We expect to be able to reimburse the registration fees of about 40 deserving students, and to pay further travel expenses for those whose need is greatest. You can find online information on how to register and how to apply for the grants – see the Support is Available from NASSLLI Itself section on the NASSLLI grants page. Basically, you need to send NASSLLI an email with a reason why NASSLLI is relevant for you, and have your academic advisor send an email too.

I'm really, really looking forward to meeting many of you in Bloomington, Indiana at the end of next month, and if you want to ask me personally about it, send me an email.



  1. Dougal Stanton said,

    May 18, 2010 @ 4:32 am

    I am sure that even with the discount that comes with my lifetime Language Log subscription I would not be able to afford such an awesome summer school.

  2. Henning Makholm said,

    May 18, 2010 @ 9:49 am

    Dougal, are you implying that you would, in general, be able to afford mediocre summer schools? The only component of the cost that might conceivably vary with awesomeness is the registration fee, which at $300 for non-academic LL subscribers will surely be dwarfed by travel and lodging. So your total expenses will reflect location much more than intellectual quality.

    (I assume here that the "employee in industry" fee tier also applies to the self-employed, the unemployed, non-academic public sector employees, and so forth).

  3. Sandra Wilde said,

    May 18, 2010 @ 1:33 pm

    Could you check the link? It seems to just go to a picture and then dead-end.

  4. Jason F. Siegel said,

    May 18, 2010 @ 9:10 pm

    Shameless self-promotion: For those of you who are syntacticians thinking of attending NASSLI, the week before, there will be a weeklong series of several mini-courses sponsored by my department (the Indiana University Department of Linguistics) taught by Željko Bošković, Norbert Hornstein, Howard Lasnik, Jason Merchant, and Norvin Richards. For more information, visit

  5. Private Zydeco said,

    May 23, 2010 @ 4:05 am

    Does having not been accepted into any (at least) four-year university as of the application deadline place one outside the immanent demo-
    graphic plane from which the NSF and NASSLLI are hoisting people to award "all expenses paid" accomodations? The LL comments section is
    — for decorum's sake, if not timeliness — perhaps not the most appropriate channel to pursue such questions by, but, there must be someone else fretting similarly over the same matter, right? It's just
    that, being without a bona fide academic advisor (trails off)…

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