7-11 October, IIT Gandhinagar

Linguistics is a discipline devoted to understanding the nature and function of ‘Language’ through scientific methods. Language is however an interdisciplinary phenomenon which has been an object of study in older and contemporary fields like Philosophy, Literature, Psychology, Neuroscience, Sociology, Anthropology and Computer Science. Students, researchers and practitioners in these fields often deal with language without the practical skills, theoretical tools and knowledge required to systematically study it. The Fall School in Language is a boot-camp in Linguistics which will enable them to do so. This school is also suitable for interpreters, language teachers, copy-editors, proof-readers, advertisers, journalists and lawyers who can professionally benefit from a systematic understanding of language.


The school comprises an assortment of lectures, hands-on training sessions, field-trip and a workshop.

Building Blocks of Language (6 lectures)

These lectures acquaint the participants with nature’s engineering behind language. The modular and hierarchical organization of linguistic form is introduced.

Language, Culture and Society (6 lectures)

These lectures introduce participants to various aspects of the two-way relationship between language and culture. Fundamental topics in Linguistic Anthropology are covered.

Analyzing Grammar (3 hands-on training sessions)

In these 3 sessions the participants are trained to analyze the grammar of a lesser-known language by engaging a native speaker and applying knowledge from Building Blocks of Language lectures.

Research Workshop (Half-day)

In two interactive sessions, participants are introduced to various methods practiced in doing research in Linguistic anthropology and are given guidance on the mini-projects they will do later in the day. Participants are also trained in requisite software and technology required to conduct fieldwork in Linguistics.

Fieldtrip (Half-day)

On the penultimate day, participants visit the old city of Ahmedabad and work in groups on a topic of their choice in consultation with the instructors. They will present their work the following day.

Presentations (Half-day)

The school concludes with its participants presenting their analyses from Analyzing Grammar sessions and research from Fieldtrip.


The cost of the Fall School is ₹5310 which includes accommodation and food for five days and travel for the field trip.


  • 1st September: Last day for applying
  • 7th September: Application results
  • 15th September: Last day for fees payment
  • 6th October: Arrival in Gandhinagar
  • 7th-11th October: Fall School


  • Dr.Nishaant Choksi, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar
  • Dr.Chakraverti Mahajan, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Delhi University


  • Dr. Nishaant Choksi
  • Dr. Chakraverti Mahajan
  • Mr. Vikalp Kumar