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Articles in the forthcoming issue of the Transactions (113.3)

Yunfan Lai, ‘The Person Agreement System of Wobzi Lavrung (rGyalrongic, Tibeto-Burman)’; Patrick Sims-Williams, ‘The Four Types of Welsh yn’; Kyongjoon Kwon, ‘What is for for? Reconstructing the Development of what for Construction in Russian’; Tijmen Pronk, ‘Singulative n-stems in Indo-European’; Mari Catrin Jones, ‘Auregnais: Insular Norman’s Invisible Relative’; Kersti Börjars, ‘On Constructing a Theory of Grammatical Change’; Jessica Hemmings, ‘Kelabit Voice: Philippine-type, Indonesian-type or Something a Bit Different?’.

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.

8 June 2015 Honorary Members of PhilSoc

The Council of PhilSoc is pleased to announce that it has elected three Honorary Members to reflect their distinction and contribution to the field: Prof. Michael Halliday, Prof. Paul Kiparsky, Prof. Elizabeth Traugott.

8 June 2015 Eighth Robins Prize winner

At the PhilSoc AGM on Saturday 6 June 2015 the winner and runners-up of the Eighth Robins Prize 2014–15 were announced. The winner was Charlotte Hemmings (SOAS) with an essay on ‘Kelabit voice: Philippine-type, Indonesian-type or something a bit different?’ The two runners-up were Silva Nurmio (Cambridge), ‘Collective nouns in Welsh: a noun category or a plural allomorph?’ and Helen Sims-Williams (Oxford), ‘Analogical levelling and optimisation: the treatment of pointless lexical allomorphy in Greek’.

8 June 2015 PhilSoc Membership Fees

At the PhilSoc AGM on Saturday 6 June 2015 it was agreed that the annual fee for membership would be raised to £20 for ordinary members and to £20 for five years for student associates with effect from 1 January 2016. This is being done to reflect the rising cost of meetings and to ensure that we can continue to fulfill our aim of helping students with bursaries and other financial support. The President will be writing to all members giving the background to this decision. Full information will be circulated with the programme card in the summer. The Subscriptions page has now been changed to reflect this.

18 May 2015 Next meeting of PhilSoc and AGM

The AGM of PhilSoc will be held in Jesus College, Cambridge on Saturday 6 June at 4.15 (tea from 3.45) followed by a paper by Prof. Elan Dresher (University of Toronto) on 'Contrastive feature hierarchies in diachronic phonology'. All welcome.

7 April 2015 Withdrawal of small-entry language qualifications

The President of PhilSoc, on behalf of the Society, is a signatory of a letter to the Secretary of State for Education expressing our grave concern regarding the recent announcement by public examination boards (OCR and AQA) that they intend to withdraw GCSE and A-level qualifications for small-entry languages. A copy of the letter can be found here.

3 April 2015 Open Access

We are now accepting Open Access article submission for Transactions of the Philological Society. OnlineOpen is available to Transactions of the Philological Society authors who wish to make their article open access, free to read, download and share via Wiley Online Library and PubMed Central. In addition, authors of OnlineOpen articles are permitted to post the final, published PDF of their article on a website, institutional repository or other free public server, immediately on publication. Learn more here.

20 February 2015 Anna Morpurgo Davies 1937-2014

PhilSoc has gathered a selection of obituaries together with a link to Anna's own account of her career in Brown & Law, Linguistics in Britain here. As announced in December 2014, 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, following Anna’s own suggestion); details on how to donate are also available here.

19 February 2015 Next meeting of PhilSoc

The next meeting of PhilSoc will take place on Saturday 7 March 2015 at Wolfson College, Oxford. Dr George Walkden (University of Manchester) will give a paper on ‘"Fashionably late" finite verbs in Old English'. The meeting will take place at 4.15. Tea will be served from 3.45.