Academic meeting

Academic meeting

Articles in the forthcoming issue of the Transactions (116.2)

Holly KENNARD, Non-negative word order in Breton: maintaining verb-second; Adam LEDGEWAY, Norma SCHIFANO & Giuseppina SILVESTRI, The expression of progressive aspect in Grico: mapping morphosyntactic isoglosses in an endangered Italo-Greek variety; Katerina SOMERS & Robert B. HOWELL, Syntactic echoes of pronominal cliticization and grammaticalization: the case of Old High German first-person plural –mes; Patrick STILES, Of lambkins and piglets in Old English and beyond; Carlotta VITI, Syntax and semantics of modal predicates in Indo-European.

Published 12 April 2018

Rebecca Posner

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Rebecca Posner (née Reynolds) (born 17th August 1929 in Horden, Durham). She was a retired British philologist who had been a member of our Society for some time, held the office of President from 1996 to 2000 and was Vice-President at the time of her death on July 19th 2018.  Rebecca was appointed Professor of French Studies at the University of Ghana from 1963 until 1965 when she took up a Readership in Linguistics at the University of York, UK. From 1978, Rebecca was Professor of Romance Languages at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of St. Hugh’s there, becoming Professor Emeritus and Honorary Fellow at St. Hugh’s upon her retirement in 1996.

Published 28 July 2018

PhilSoc announces new Members of Council

The PhilSoc AGM held on 16 June 2018 saw the election of five new members of Council.

Five Council members stood down, namely, Prof. Peter Austin, Prof. Martin Durrell, Prof. Bjarke Frellesvig, Dr Martin Orwin and Prof. Philomen Probert. The retiring members were thanked for their service, and their replacements were welcomed, namely, Prof. Stephen Colvin, Dr Hannah Gibson, Prof. Lutz Marten, Prof. Frans Plank, and Dr Patrick Stiles.

Published 27 July 2018

AGM

The AGM of PhilSoc will be held in Somerville College, Oxford (Woodstock Road, OX2 6HD), on Saturday 16 June at 4.15 (tea from 3.45), followed by a lecture by Prof. Nikolas Gisborne and Dr Robert Truswell (both Edinburgh) on ‘Parallel evolution of relative clauses in Indo-European’.  . All welcome (including guests).

Published 18 May 2018

Next meeting

The next meeting of PhilSoc will take place on Friday 11 May 2018 at SOAS. Dr Agnes Korn, CNRS, Paris, will speak on 'Bashkardi – a language by convergence?'. The meeting will take place at 4.15 in Room 116 in the main SOAS building. Tea will be served from 3.45. 

Published 28 March 2018

Variation in Scots, 25 April 2018, Edinburgh

We are pleased to announce that PhilSoc is, together with the British Academy and the Royal Society of Edinburgh, hosting a public event on 'Variation in Scots' in Edinburgh on 25 April 2018, 6.30 pm. The event will be chaired by Professor Jeremy Smith FRSE, Professor of English Philology, University of Glasgow. 
Speakers are: Bruce Eunson, Scots Language Coordinator, Education Scotland; Michael Hance, Director, Scots Language Centre; Alice Heywood, Learning Officer, National Library of Scotland; Professor Robert McColl Millar, Professor in Linguistics and Scottish Language, University of Aberdeen; Professor Jennifer Smith, Professor of Sociolinguistics, University of Glasgow. 

Published 19 February 2018

Next meeting

The next meeting of PhilSoc will take place on Saturday 10 March 2018 at Cambridge. Prof. Patrick Sims-Williams, Aberystwyth University, will speak on 'Mechanising historical phonology'. The meeting will take place at 4.15 in Selwyn College. Tea will be served from 3.45. 

Published 14 February 2018

Matti Rissanen memorial note

It is with great sadness that the Society has received news of the death of Matti Rissanen, Professor Emeritus of English Philology at the University of Helsinki, at the age of 80 on 24 January 2018.

Published 7 February 2018

Next meeting

The next meeting of PhilSoc will take place on Friday 9 February 2018 at SOAS. Dr Dagmar Divjak, Sheffield, will speak on 'Language, learning and usage-based theory: tackling nominal and verbal morphology in Slavic '. The meeting will take place at 4.15 in Room 116 in the main SOAS building. Tea will be served from 3.45. 

Published 25 January 2018

Next meeting

The next meeting of PhilSoc will take place on Friday 9 February 2018 at SOAS. Dr Dagmar Divjak, Sheffield, will speak on 'Language, learning and usage-based theory: tackling nominal and verbal morphology in Slavic '. The meeting will take place at 4.15 in Room 116 in the main SOAS building. Tea will be served from 3.45. For an abstract of the talk, please click here.

Published 25 January 2018

Next meeting

The next meeting of PhilSoc will take place on Friday 12 January 2018 at SOAS. Dr Sam Wolfe, Oxford, will speak on 'Syntactic microvariation in Romance: bridging synchrony and diachrony'. The meeting will take place at 4.15 in Room 116 in the main SOAS building. Tea will be served from 3.45. 

Published 28 December 2017

Next meeting

The next meeting of PhilSoc will take place in Manchester on Saturday 18th of November, 1.30. Postdoctoral researchers Dr Lauren Fonteyn (Manchester), Dr Eva Zehentner (York) and Dr Kari Kinn (Oslo) will make presentations on Approaches to Grammatical Change, followed by a round table discussion chaired by Prof. Maj-Britt Mosegaard Hansen (Manchester). The meeting will be in University Place, Oxford Road, Room  5.206. Refreshments will be served from 1.00.

Published 29 October 2017


Our sister, PhilSoc, usually holds seven meetings each academic year, in October, November, January, February, March, May (AGM) and June. At most meetings, a full paper is read; other meetings take the format of a thematic symposium. Regular meetings start at 4.15pm, with tea served to members and their guests from 3.45pm. Unless indicated otherwise, meetings are held on Fridays, at the School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H OXG. Significant announcements made at meetings are reported on the homepage of the Society's website.

PhilSoc welcomes proposals for papers to be read at meetings. Proposals should be forwarded to the Honorary Secretary (contact details on the Contact page). Papers may be on any topic falling within the scope of PhilSoc's interests, but speakers are asked to bear in mind that the audience will represent a wide range of linguistic interests, and papers should therefore be accessible to non-specialists.

2015-16

15 January 2016
Prof. Joe Eska Virginia Tech
Continental Celtic, syntax, and the genesis of Insular Celtic


12 February 2016
Prof. Sophie Prévost CNRS
‘Grande Grammaire Historique du Français’ : a new perspective on the evolution of word order in French


12 March 
Prof. Maggie Tallerman Newcastle (meeting at Jesus College, Cambridge)
The emergence of syntactic language: bricolage or more like a snowflake?


13 May 2016
Prof. Ulrike Zeshan University of Central Lancashire
Sign Multilingualism - Studying sign languages in bi- and multilingual contact settings


11 June 2016
Prof. Bill Kretzschmar University of Georgia (meeting at Wolfson College, Oxford)
The Complex Adaptive System of English: Text Analysis, Lexicogrammar, and Variation