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Articles in the forthcoming issue of the Transactions:

Peter Matthews, ‘Anna Morpurgo Davies 1937–2014’; Michiel de Vaan, ‘Reduplicated demonstratives in ancient Indo-European languages’; James Clackson, ‘Subgrouping in the Sabellian branch of Indo-European’; Kristian Andersen Rusten, ‘A quantitative study of empty referential subjects in Old English prose and poetry’; Carlos García Castillero, ‘The type tánicc in the Old Irish glosses: Affix ordering, frequency and phonotactics’; Penelope Scott, ‘Geminate reduction and high vowel syncope in West Saxon weak past participles’; Seiji Shinkawa, ‘Possible pathways from agreeing to non-agreeing genitive appositives as seen in Laȝamon’s Brut’. 

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.

28 October 2014 Call for Papers: Conference on Case Attraction

A two-day conference on case attraction and related phenomena will take place on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th September 2015 at the University of Wrocław. 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. For further details, click here.

13 October 2014 7 November 2014 Next meeting of PhilSoc

The next meeting of PhilSoc will take place on Friday 7 November 2014 at the University of Manchester. Prof. Peter Schrijver (University of Utrecht), will speak on ‘The Affiliation of Sumerian’. Room 3.204 on the third floor of University Place on Oxford Road. University Place is number 37 on the campus map (here); it is the same building as the Visitors’ Centre. Tea will be served from 3.45.

5 October 2014 PhilSoc Bursaries awarded for 2014-15

PhilSoc Council is delighted to announce that the PhilSoc Masters Bursaries for the academic year 2014–15 have been awarded to Anahita Hoose (Oxford), Dávid Györfi (UCL, formerly Eötvös Loránd (Hungary)), Yinglun Sun (York), and Andres Faraone-Pirie (Cambridge, formerly SOAS). One of the awards was also supported by the Martin Burr Fund. Details of next year's competition will appear on the website in due course.