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Articles in the forthcoming issue of the Transactions (113.2)

William Randall and Howard Jones, ‘On The Early Origins of the Germanic Preterite Presents’; Sam Wolfe, ‘The Old Sardinian Condaghes: A Syntactic Study’; Jochen Zeller, ‘On Parametric Variation in Bantu, with particular reference to Kinyarwanda’; Mostafa Lameen Souag, ‘The Development of Dative Agreement in Berber: Beyond Nominal Hierarchies’; Louise Esher, ‘Formal Asymmetries between the Romance Synthetic Future and Conditional in the Occitan Varieties of the Western Languedoc’.  

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.

18 January 2015 Masters Bursaries 2015

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 2015-2016.  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.

15 January 2015 Next meeting of PhilSoc

The next meeting of PhilSoc will take place on Friday 13 February 2015 at SOAS. Ranjan Sen (University of Sheffield) will give a paper on  'Reconstructing phonological change in Latin: Evaluating synchronic motivations'. The meeting will take place at 4.15 in Room 4426 in the main SOAS building. Tea will be served from 3.45.

4 January 2015 9 January 2015

The next meeting of PhilSoc will take place on Friday 9 January 2015 at SOAS. Professor Dirk Geeraerts (University of Leuven) will speak on 'Onomasiological variation and lexical lectometry'. The meeting will take place at 4.15 in Room 116 in the main SOAS building. Tea will be served from 3.45.

4 January 2015 Transaction' Editorial Board

PhilSoc is pleased to announce that Laurel Brinton (UBC), Hilary Chappell (Paris), Concepción Company Company (UNA) and Johanna Laakso (Vienna) have joined Transactions' Editorial Board. They replace Liliane Haegeman, John Hajek (Melbourne), Bernd Kortmann (Freiburg) and Donka Minkova who are standing down, and will join the eight existing members acting as ambassadors for Transactions in their parts of the world, and thus further enhance the international profile of the journal.

9 December 2014 The Anna Morpurgo Davies Masters Bursary

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). In order to secure the future of the Fund it is hoped that a substantial endowment can be established. It was suggested that members of PhilSoc, colleagues and former students, might like to make a personal contribution towards this fund. If so, members should send donations to the Treasurer (Dr Stephen Colvin, Dept. of Greek and Latin, University College London, London WC1E 6BT); if tax payers wish to gift-aid their donation, a Gift Aid form is available here. Council would also be grateful if you would bring this appeal to the attention of anyone else who might be interested in donating.

10 November 2014 9 January 2015 Next meeting of PhilSoc

The next meeting of PhilSoc will take place on Friday 9 January 2015 at SOAS. Professor Dirk Geeraerts (University of Leuven) will speak on 'Onomasiological variation and lexical lectometry'. The meeting will take place at 4.15 in Room 116 in the main SOAS building. Tea will be served from 3.45.