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Articles in the forthcoming issue of the Transactions (114.1)

Andrea Sansò & Anna Giacalone Ramat, ‘Deictic motion verbs as passive auxiliaries: the case of Italian andare ‘go’ (and venire ‘come’)’; Tatiana Nikitina & Dag Trygve Truslew Haug,  ‘Syntactic nominalization in Latin: a case of non-canonical subject agreement’; Mallory E. Matsumoto, ‘Wi as a Marker of Pragmatic Salience in the Language of the Kaqchikel Chronicles’; Andreas Willi, ‘The Oscan Perfect in -tt- ’; Julia Bacskai-Atkari, ‘On the Diachronic Development of a Hungarian Declarative Complementiser’; Maris Camilleri & Louisa Sadler, ‘Relativisation in Maltese’.

28 January 2016 Next meeting

The next meeting of PhilSoc will take place on Friday 12 February 2016 at SOAS. Prof. Sophie Prévost CNRS will speak on ‘"Grande Grammaire Historique du Français": a new perspective on the evolution of word order in French'. The meeting will take place at 4.15 in Room 116 in the main SOAS building. Tea will be served from 3.45.

11 January 2016 Local talk in a global age

The Philological Society is hosting this panel discussion jointly with the British Academy in Newcastle on 7th April 2016. Speakers are:

            Professor Joan Beal, University of Sheffield
            Professor Tony Crowley, University of Leeds
            Carmen Llamas, University of York

For further details, please click here.


9 January 2016 The Ninth Robins Prize

The Philological Society is delighted to launch the ninth R. H. Robins student Prize for an article on a linguistic topic that falls within the area of the Society's interests as defined by present and past publications in the Transactions of the Philological Society (TPhS). For details, please see the Robins Prize page.

9 January 2016 Masters' Bursaries

PhilSoc Council is delighted to announce that this year's competition for Masters Bursaries is now open. It is intended to support individuals wishing to undertake study in linguistics/philology at Masters level in the academic year 2016-2017.  As one of the bursaries, the Council of PhilSoc has decided to establish the Anna Morpurgo Davies Masters Bursary which would be given normally to someone working on Ancient Languages (including non-Indo-European ones). Bursaries of £4000 are available. Links to the application form, which contains details of terms and conditions, the application process and deadlines, are available on the Funding page of this website.

26 November 2015 Next meeting

The next meeting of PhilSoc will take place on Friday 15 January 2016 at SOAS. Professor Joe Eska (Virginia Tech) will speak on 'Continental Celtic, syntax, and the genesis of Insular Celtic'. The meeting will take place at 4.15 in Room 116 in the main SOAS building. Tea will be served from 3.45.

3 November 2015 Next meeting

The next meeting of PhilSoc will be held on Friday 13 November in the Conference Room in the Humanities Research Institute at the University of Sheffield (map) at 4.15 p.m. at which Dr Chris Lucas (SOAS) will speak on 'The Maltese numerals and the nature of grammatical competence'. Tea will be served at 3.45.

29 September 2015 PhilSoc Bursaries awarded for 2015–16

PhilSoc Council is delighted to announce that the PhilSoc Masters Bursaries for the academic year 2015–16 have been awarded to Stefano Coretta (York, formerly Milan), Roisin Huggins (Oxford, formerly Glasgow), and Benjamin Lowell Sluckin (Cambridge, formerly Manchester). The Anna Morpurgo Davies Masters Bursary has been awarded to Monica Desai (Oxford, formerly UCL). Details of next year's competition will appear on the website in due course.

16 August 2015 Lecture in honour of Peter Matthews

On 4 December 2015 at 5 p.m. at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, the PhilSoc will celebrate Peter Matthews' contribution to morphological analysis with a lecture by Prof. Stephen Anderson entitled 'Words and Paradigms: Peter Matthews and the Development of Morphological Theory'. All members of PhilSoc and their guests are very welcome.

28 July 2015 James Murray event

The President and several members of the Society attended ‘A Life in Words’, a celebration of the life and work of James Murray 1915–2015 on Friday 24 July in Oxford. The Society was delighted to co-sponsor this event marking the contribution of one of its former Presidents to the publication of 'the Society's dictionary' or what is now known as the Oxford English Dictionary.

19 July 2015 Conference on Case Attraction

As previously posted, a two-day conference on case attraction and related phenomena is being held on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th September 2015 at the University of Wrocław, entitled: '"Insufficient strength to defend its case": Case attraction and related phenomena'. This is a joint event of the Center for General and Comparative Linguistics at the University of Wrocław and the Philological Society, and is generously supported also by the Faculty of Lingusitics at the University of Oxford and the Programme for Indo-European Studies at UCLA. The programme is now available here.

8 June 2015 PhilSoc announces new Members of Council

The PhilSoc AGM held on 6 June 2015 saw the election of four new members of Council.

Four Council members stood down, namely, Prof. Adam Ledgeway, Prof. Lutz Marten, Prof. Rosanna Sornicola, Dr Graham Trousdale. The President thanked the retiring members on behalf of Council and the Society for their service, and welcomed their replacements, namely, Prof. Bas Aarts, Prof. David Denison, Dr Melanie Green, and Prof. Janet Watson.