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This summer the egg school will be returning to its historical origins - the cool town of Olomouc (where the first 3 schools were held).

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07 August - Michal: The first pictures are coming in - thanks to Agnieszka Chada.

04 August - Michal: heard today - Pritty: "what's with this sleeping business?"

04 August - Michal: heard yesterday - Michal Starke: "I will not go into syntax in my classes and I refuse to answer any syntax questions". Glyne Piggot: "I refuse to talk about phonology in my classes". Now that's a succesful pf-interface school!

28 July - Tobias: Glyne Piggott's handout for week 2 (different from the preceding material) is now available from the class page - please download and print. Hardcopies will also be available on Monday in the staff room.

25 July - Tobias: IMPORTANT: the wrong version of the timetable (v3)has been distributed on paper. The correct version (v4) is here. The difference affects only one class in week two.

24 July - Tobias: certificates: here is how you get yours. And here is the practical info about the school that has been announced at the opening on Monday week 1.

20 July - Tobias: material for Glyne Piggott's research class is now available from the class page.

18 July - Tobias: material for Glyne Piggott's intro on stress (course outline and handout) is now available from the class-page.

18 July - Tobias: IMPORTANT please have a look at the latest version of the FAQ: the address of the hostel has changed.

03 July - Tobias: the handout for Marc van Oostendorp's coulour class is now available on the page of the class. Please note that there will be no hardcopies available on site.

01 July - Tobias: the timetable is now available. We have tried to avoid phon-phon and synt-synt concurrence, but of course this year being thematic, the common pool of interest is much bigger than in other years. So probably many people will want to change this or that, and it is clear in advance that all requests cannot be satisfied. But anyway, please express yourself on , and we'll see what we can do if there are massive requests.

29 June - Tobias: a detailed day-to-day programme of the course taught by Bendjaballah & Haiden is now available on the teachers&classes page.

11 June - Tobias: The handout for my courses is now available from the teachers & classes page. If you plan to attend, please make sure you have it in class: no printouts will be available onsite.

11 June - Michal: Now that the confirmation period ended, there are 163 persons left attending the school (out of the initial 250+).

03 June - Michal: The grant-decision letters finally went out today, and the confirmation procedure seems to have started fine. Soon the "confirmed" tags will start appearing on the webpages of people who succesfully confirmed.

29 May - Michal: Same story playing out again: we'll have to shift the confirmation period by one day. So it should now be from 2nd to 9th June. I'll confirm it all on the mailing list, and will give instructions too.

23 May - Michal: Sorry for the long silence (again) - this year has a bumpy start... Several persons have asked about the confirmation period: it will start June 1st and will end June 8th.

19 May - Tobias: The handout for Marc van Oostendorp's intro to OT is now available on the class page. And we are working on applications & grants...

07 May - Michal: The abstracts for Ad Neeleman and Joe Emonds are now available from the classes+teachers page.

21 April - Tobias: I have started to make interface-relevant books and articles available at (little inerface library). The body of files will grow as I find more time to work on that...

19 April - Michal: For all of you who applied for a grant, the webpages were wrongly showing 'no grant' for you, but the data was safely ok in the database. The webpages are now showing the correct numbers - check your own page.

16 April - Michal: things are back in order - or at least they seem to. We've had a mysterious server problem for a couple of days, which stopped the registration process after the first day. It's now back on, and I hope you guys register at a slower pace :) - I think we have never seen 73 registrations in the first day!

15 April - Tobias: Ricardo Bermúdez-Otero's abstract has just come in - all phonology abstracts are now online.

13 April - Michal: I just turned the registrations on - a bit earlier than expected. The first users will inevitably encounter some technical issues, please report them to us at 'summerschool @ auf net'. Thanks and good luck!

10 April - Tobias: the last phonologist has jumped on board: Marc van Oostendorp will teach an intro to OT and a class on his thoughts regarding the interface (both abstracts are online). Since at least 1999, Marc has argued in a series or articles that enriched representations are the key to an adequate interface theory in OT - a viewpoint akin to Ricardo Bermúdez-Otero's, but fairly outstanding in the OT scene.

09 April - Michal: Due to a couple of technical issues, the registration period will be delayed by a few days. To be on the safer side, we'll try to start it on the 14th (instead of the 10th) and will prolong it to Friday 28th.

05 April - Tobias: phonology ahead: almost all abstracts are in (Piggott, Bendjaballah, Haiden, one of mine).

05 April - Michal: Tatjana Marvin's class now has a real abstract - now we're early ;)

04 April - Tobias: there is still one phonologist to come, but Marc will only know whether he can make it to Olomouc next week, so I can't announce him - yet I hope.

04 April - Tobias: Here is some more info regarding the phonologists:
abstracts and material is growing on the teachers & classes page

over the past 20 years, the landscape of the interaction of phonology with morpho-syntax (looked at from the phonological side) has been dominated by two theories, Lexical Phonology and Prosodic Phonology. Both have been transferred into the more recent constraint-based environment: the central instrument of Prosodic Phonology, the Prosodic Hierarchy, is present in (I think) all versions of OT, and the continuators of Lexical Phonology are Stratal OT and DOT (Derivational OT) (although the modern versions are more than just OTed Lexical Phonology). The hot issue in OT is the eternal derivational problem: Stratal OT and DOT have carried derivationalism into OT and claim that this is needed for domestic phonological reasons, but prominently so because of the interface.
This line of thought is represented by Ricardo Bermúdez-Otero from Manchester whose work revives interest in what was called morpho-phonology some 20 years ago. Unlike much work in OT, Ricardo is very careful at drawing precise borders of the different modules: how much of morphology can phonology access, and what are the channels that this information flows through? Ricardo has a forthcoming book called "Stratal OT", of which you can download two chapters (among which the theoretical one) on his site (

Another player has entered the scene some 10 years ago, but rather from the non-phonological side: Distributed Morphology. Although this theory obviously raises many phonological issues, the body of work devoted to phonology in DM is still slim, and DM has not really reached the phonologists' quaters yet. We are trying to change that with two representatives of DM, Tatjana Marvin and Glyne Piggott. Glyne is really at the forefront of carrying the ideas of DM into the phonological world and into the minds of phonologists - a hard job, but Glyne is good at that.

Jackendoff's parallel option of modular architecture is represented by Sabrina Bendjaballah and Martin Haiden. Martin has a recent book on the organisation of the lexicon and its communication with morphology and syntax. Sabrina and Martin have done joint work on the phonology-morphology interaction as well as on the particular situation that arises in non-concatenative morphology of the Semitic kind where morphology is, so to speak, in-built in the phonology.

Finally, I have myself worked on the processing of non-phonological information in phonology (part of that is in my 04-book, the main body will by in volume 2 thereof, which I am presently writing). I will teach a historical overview course on interface (viewed from below, i.e. from the phonologist's perspective), and then in week 2 expose my own thoughts on the matter. I believe that Distributed Morphology is right, but incomplete: it needs to be supplemented with a representational means to talk to phonology, and representational info must not transit through any intermediate object such as "#" or the Prosodic Hierarchy - it must be directly encoded in phonological vocabulary.

31 March - Michal: Final two syntacticians for now: Oystein Nilsen, an addict of the egg, will be teaching the general introduction to syntax. Knowing Oystein, this is going to be both fun and instructive - book your seats :)
And finally, I (Michal Starke) will be teaching too. I have been working on very fine-grained syntax and how those exquisite fine structures are spelled out phonologically, so I'm happy to contribute to the theme of the school this year. I'll be teaching what I call "nanosyntax"

30 March - Michal: Next syntactician in line: Joe Emonds. Joe needs no presentation, as he has made crucial contributions to the theory of syntax right from the 70s up to today, and his center of interest nowadays is precisely the interface between syntax, morphology and phonology. This is starting to be a very nice line-up!

28 March - Michal: The 2nd syntactician is Tatjana Marvin, who is working in Distributed Morphology and syntax - ie. exactly on the interface. Tatjana actually started as a student at the school, many years ago and went on to get her PhD from MIT - so it is a special pleasure to have her as a teacher this year!

27 March - Michal: First syntactician: Given our focus on the phono/morpho/syntax interface - we're going to have syntax people who have given some thought to the other side. Particularly the morpho-phonological part of "the other side" (not the focus/intonation connection). The first in line is: Ad Neeleman. Ad has both strong opinions about the (non-)relatedness of syntax to morphology, and has done some real and productive work in the domain - a not-so-frequent case.

26 March - Michal: ok, the fun can slowly start. I think we are beating our own record in lateness this year :) The "registration" link is now alive, and leads to some meaningful information. Stay tuned for more tomorrow.

18 February - Michal: We're late - but here we are! Olomouc 06 will be a thematic EGG. On what? On the interface of phonology with morphology and syntax. The goal is to have syntacticians and phonologists talk to each other (something that is not obvious at all these days) about the strange no-man's land that lies between them: where is morphology standing? what exactly is PF doing? what can it do? what is it unable to do? How exactly does it do it? And many more questions of that kind. All in all, our focus is the general architecture of the grammar. Teachers who look at the interface form the phonological point of view are
  • Glyne Piggott (Distributed Morphology)
  • Ricardo Bermúdez-Otero (OTed version of Lexical Phonology)
  • Sabrina Bendjaballah & Martin Haiden (parallel modules, lexicon-oriented)
  • Tobias Scheer (Direct Interface, representation-oriented)
And there is more to come, so keep an eye on this, we will have ads more frequently now.

07 December - Klaus: egg 06 will be held in Olomouc, Czech Republic, from July 24 to August 4.

11 August - Luisa: After all the sluicing and smooching, and after having properly rested and given our livers a break, we are ready to post your pictures on the school's website. Send them to Klaus at klaus.abels AT Enjoy the rest of your summer!