Formal Approaches to South Asian Languages (FASAL 7)

March 4-5 2017


The Department of Linguistics & Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is proud to host the seventh Formal Approaches to South Asian Languages (FASAL 7) workshop. The main aim of this workshop is to provide a platform to discuss formal or experimental approaches to syntax, semantics, phonology and morphology from the perspective of South Asian Linguistics.

Call for paper submissions for the Proceedings of Formal Approaches to South Asian Languages (FASAL) will be out soon! Any questions should be directed to Sakshi Bhatia or Dustin Chacon.

Invited speakers

  • Ashwini Deo (Ohio State)
  • Miriam Butt (Konstanz)
  • Norvin Richards (MIT)

FASAL 7 Program

Program PDF

Saturday March 4th 2017

Breakfast and Registration

Opening Remarks
Sabine Iatridou

Invited Talk Marathi tense marking: a window into the lexical encoding of tense meanings
Ashwini Deo


Session 1, Chair: Juliet Stanton

Lunch and Poster Session 1

Session 2, Chair: Athulya Aravind


Session 3, Chair: Michelle Yuan

Business Meeting

Invited Talk Contiguity Theory and conditions on wh-phrases in some of the languages of India
Norvin Richards


Sunday March 5th 2017


Session 4, Chair: Kenyon Branan


Session 5, Chair: Hanzhi Zhu

Lunch and Poster Session 2

Invited Talk Urdu/Hindi Questions at the Syntax-Pragmatics-Prosody Interface
Miriam Butt


Please register here. Registration is free and easy.

Arrival Information


From Boston Logan International Airport, the cheapest way to get to the MIT campus is a combination of bus and subway. There are several options. The most convenient one is a combination of the Silver Line (bus) to South Station and the red line subway to the Kendall/MIT station.

Detailed instructions:

  • Upon exiting the baggage claim area, go to the stop for the Silver Line. At most terminals, you can find the stop by going to the right after exiting the baggage claim area. The silver line stop is marked with a bus stop sign with the T-logo (white circle containing a black letter T).
  • Take the Silver Line to South Station. The Silver Line are the silver busses that are marked “SL1 SOUTH STATION”. They run approximately every 10 minutes.
  • Get off at “South Station”.
  • At “South Station”, take the red line subway inbound (direction “Alewife”).
  • Get off at Kendall/MIT for the conference site.


Most long distance busses to Boston, as well as Amtrak-trains arrive at Boston’s South Station. From there take the red line to Kendall/MIT.

Directions from the Kendall/MIT subway station to the conference site (4 minute walk):

  • The conference will be held in room 32-155 (first floor) of MIT’s Stata Center. Poster sessions/ lunch/ dinner will be in the lounge area in front of 32-D808 (8th floor of the D-tower in Stata Center).
  • Upon exiting the Kendall/MIT station, take Main Street (along the MIT COOP). At the first intersection (Main Street with Ames Street), there is a walkway between two buildings on your left. This leads towards a field. Take that walkway. Once you arrive at the field you will see a building straight ahead with a peculiar architecture (no straight walls, odd geometrical shapes, etc). That is the Stata Center.

Alternatively, you can follow these directions on google maps

FASAL 2 (year 2012)

Information about FASAL 2 (2012) can be found here.