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Articles in the forthcoming issue of the Transactions (116.1)

Elan DRESHER: Contrastive Feature Hierarchies in Old English Diachronic Phonology; Victorina GONZÁLEZ-DÍAZ: Tracing the development of an old old story: Intensificatory repetition in English; Howard JONES: The status of passive constructions in Old English; Wei LIU & Ruth KEMPSON: Chinese cleft structures and the dynamics of processing; Patrick SIMS-WILLIAMS: IE *peug´- /*peuk´- ‘to pierce’ in Celtic: Old Irish og ‘sharp point’, ogam, and uaigid ‘stitches’, Gallo-Latin Mars Ugius, Old Welsh -ug and Middle Welsh -y ‘fist’, Middle Welsh vch ‘fox’, and ancient names like Uccius; Michael ZIMMERMAN: Changes in status and paradigms? On subject pronouns in Medieval French

Variation in Scots, 25 April 2018, Edinburgh

We are pleased to announce that PhilSoc is, together with the British Academy and the Royal Society of Edinburgh, hosting a public event on 'Variation in Scots' in Edinburgh on 25 April 2018, 6.30 pm. The event will be chaired by Professor Jeremy Smith FRSE, Professor of English Philology, University of Glasgow.
Speakers are: Bruce Eunson, Scots Language Coordinator, Education Scotland; Michael Hance, Director, Scots Language Centre; Alice Heywood, Learning Officer, National Library of Scotland; Professor Robert McColl Millar, Professor in Linguistics and Scottish Language, University of Aberdeen; Professor Jennifer Smith, Professor of Sociolinguistics, University of Glasgow. For further information and to book a free place, please click here or here.

Published 19 February 2018

Next meeting

The next meeting of PhilSoc will take place on Saturday 10 March 2018 at Cambridge. Prof. Patrick Sims-Williams, Aberystwyth University, will speak on 'Mechanising historical phonology'. The meeting will take place at 4.15 in Selwyn College. Tea will be served from 3.45. For an abstract of the talk, please click here.

Published 14 February 2018

Matti Rissanen memorial note

It is with great sadness that the Society has received news of the death of Matti Rissanen, Professor Emeritus of English Philology at the University of Helsinki, at the age of 80 on 24 January 2018.

To read the full memorial note, please click here.

Published 7 February 2018

Next meeting

The next meeting of PhilSoc will take place on Friday 9 February 2018 at SOAS. Dr Dagmar Divjak, Sheffield, will speak on 'Language, learning and usage-based theory: tackling nominal and verbal morphology in Slavic '. The meeting will take place at 4.15 in Room 116 in the main SOAS building. Tea will be served from 3.45. For an abstract of the talk, please click here.

Published 25 January 2018

Next meeting

The next meeting of PhilSoc will take place on Friday 9 February 2018 at SOAS. Dr Dagmar Divjak, Sheffield, will speak on 'Language, learning and usage-based theory: tackling nominal and verbal morphology in Slavic '. The meeting will take place at 4.15 in Room 116 in the main SOAS building. Tea will be served from 3.45. For an abstract of the talk, please click here.

Published 25 January 2018

Next meeting

The next meeting of PhilSoc will take place on Friday 12 January 2018 at SOAS. Dr Sam Wolfe, Oxford, will speak on 'Syntactic microvariation in Romance: bridging synchrony and diachrony'. The meeting will take place at 4.15 in Room 116 in the main SOAS building. Tea will be served from 3.45. For an abstract of the talk, please click here.

Published 28 December 2017

Next meeting

The next meeting of PhilSoc will take place in Manchester on Saturday 18th of November, 1.30. Postdoctoral researchers Dr Lauren Fonteyn (Manchester), Dr Eva Zehentner (York) and Dr Kari Kinn (Oslo) will make presentations on Approaches to Grammatical Change, followed by a round table discussion chaired by Prof. Maj-Britt Mosegaard Hansen (Manchester). Please click here for abstracts of the presentations. The meeting will be in University Place, Oxford Road, Room  5.206. Refreshments will be served from 1.00.

Published 29 October 2017

Next meeting

The next meeting of PhilSoc will take place on Friday 20 October 2017 in Garden Halls,1 Cartwright Gardens, Kings Cross, London, WC1H 9EN, University of London. Dr Kriszta Szendröi, UCL, will speak on 'A flexible approach to focus and the syntax-prosody interface.' The meeting will be in Room 3D. Tea will be served from 3.45. For an abstract of the talk, please click here.

Published 4 October 2017

PhilSoc announces new President

The PhilSoc AGM held on 17 June 2017 saw the election of a new President.

After completing her full term of office, President Wendy Ayres-Bennett stood down. She was thanked for her service and elected Vice President for life. The new President Prof. Aditi Lahiri was warmly welcomed.

Published 22 June 2017

PhilSoc announces new Members of Council

The PhilSoc AGM held on 17 June 2017 saw the election of four new members of Council.

Four Council members stood down, namely, Prof. Ruth Kempson, Prof. Aditi Lahiri, Dr John Penney and Prof. George Walkden. The retiring members were thanked for their service, and their replacements were welcomed, namely, Prof. Maj-Britt Mosegaard-Hansen, Prof. Eleanor Dickey, Dr Mary MacRobert, and Dr David Willis.

Published 22 June 2017

President signs letter about Languages at Manchester University

Our President, Prof. Wendy Ayres-Bennett, has signed a letter by the Alliance for Modern Languages in the UK against possible redundancies in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures at the University of Manchester. For a media reaction to the letter, please click here.

Published 23 May 2017