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PhilSoc usually holds seven meetings each academic year, in October, November, January, February, March, May and June (AGM). 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. For a detailed map, please click here. 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.

2016-17

14 October 2016
Dr Rebecca Clift, University of Essex
'Is that your coat on the floor?’ Agency and autonomy in indirection
Abstract: 'Is that your coat on the floor?’ Agency and autonomy in indirection


11 November 2016
Round table discussion (Leeds)
Dr Aaron Ecay (York), Dr Seth Mehl (Sheffield), Dr Nick Zair (Cambridge); Chair: Prof. Cécile De Cat (Leeds)
Sources of evidence for linguistic analysis
Abstract: Sources of evidence for linguistic analysis


13 January 2017
Prof. Dag Haug, University of Oslo
Finiteness in Greek and Latin, then and now
Abstract: Finiteness in Greek and Latin, then and now


10 February 2017
Dr Alexander King, Franklin & Marshall College, USA
Ethnopoetic philology and the power of narrative for endangered voices
Abstract: Ethnopoetic philology and the power of narrative for endangered voices


11 March 2017
Prof. Jonathan Hope, University of Strathclyde (meeting at Oxford)
‘Counting’: quality and quantity in literary language and tools for investigating it
Abstract: ‘Counting’: quality and quantity in literary language and tools for investigating it


12 May 2017
Anna Morpurgo Davies Lecture at the British Academy (London)
Prof. Bencie Woll, University College London
Language through Deaf eyes
Abstract: Language through Deaf eyes


17 June 2017
The President’s lecture and AGM (meeting at Cambridge)
Prof. Wendy Ayres-Bennett, University of Cambridge
Standards, norms and prescriptivism


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 2016
Prof. Maggie Tallerman Newcastle (meeting at Jesus College, Cambridge)
The emergence of syntactic language: bricolage or more like a snowflake?


7 April 2016
Special event in Newcastle (with British Academy; please see 'Abstract' for details)
Prof. Joan Beal, Prof. Tony Crowley, Carmen Llamas
Local talk in a global age
Abstract: Local talk in a global age


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