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Articles in the forthcoming issue of the Transactions (115.1)

ANDERSON, Stephen  Words and Paradigms: Peter H. Matthews and the Development of Morphological Theory; GATES, Jesse P.  Verbal triplication morphology in Stau རྟའུ། (Mazi dialect); KULA, Nancy  Reduction in Remoteness Distinctions and Reconfiguration in the Bemba Past Tense; NURMIO, Silva  Collective Nouns in Welsh: a Noun Category or a Plural Allomorph? (Runner-up to the Philological Society’s Eighth Robins Prize, 2014); KORN, Agnes  Notes on the nominal system of Bashkardi; MANZINI, M. Rita & SAVOIA, Leonardo  Enclisis/proclisis alternations in Romance: allomorphies and (re)ordering

Next meeting

The next meeting of PhilSoc will take place on Saturday 11 March 2017 at Oxford. Prof. Jonathan Hope, University of Strathclyde, will speak on '"Counting": quality and quantity in literary language and tools for investigating it'. The meeting will take place at 4.15 in Wolfson College. Tea will be served from 3.45. For an abstract of the talk, please click here.

Published 11 February 2017

Letter to the Government by Learned Societies

PhilSoc joins other learned societies in urging the government to support language education, international mobility and EU research schemes post-Brexit. Please find the letter here.

Published 11 February 2017

Next meeting

The next meeting of PhilSoc will take place on Friday 10 February 2017 at SOAS. Dr Alexander King, Franklin & Marshall College, USA, will speak on 'Ethnopoetic philology and the power of narrative for endangered voices'. 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 23 January 2017

Video Recording of the last meeting (13 January 2017)

Prof. Dag T. T. Haug's talk on 'Finiteness in Greek and Latin, then and now', which was presented to members on 13th January 2017 at SOAS is now available as a video recording.

We are grateful to Prof. Haug for his permission to make this recording, and for the technical assistance of Bernard Howard at SOAS. The slideshow accompanying his presentation is available for download here.

Published 4 February 2017

Next meeting

The next meeting of PhilSoc will take place on Friday 13 January 2017 at SOAS. Prof. Dag Haug, University of Oslo, will speak on 'Finiteness in Greek and Latin, then and now'. 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 9 December 2016

Next meeting

The next meeting of PhilSoc will take place in Leeds on Friday 11th of November. Postdoctoral researchers Dr Aaron Ecay (York), Dr Seth Mehl (Sheffield) and Dr Nicholas Zair (Cambridge) will make presentations on Sources of evidence in linguistic analysis, followed by a round table discussion chaired by Prof. Cécile De Cat (Leeds). For further information and abstracts of the presentations, please click here. The meeting will take place from 4.15 to 6.00 in the Great Woodhouse Room, University House, University of Leeds. Tea will be served from 3.45.

Published 19 October 2016

Video Recording of the last meeting (14 October 2016)

Dr Rebecca Clift's talk on "'Is that your coat on the floor?' – Agency and autonomy in indirection', which was presented to members on 14th October 2016 at Senate House, University of London, is now available as a video recording.

We are grateful to Dr Clift for her permission to make this recording, and for the technical assistance of Bernard Howard at SOAS.

Published 21 October 2016

English Grammar Day Film

We are proud to be supporters of the third English Grammar Day, held at the British Library on 27 June 2016. Please have a look at the video below for a summary of this very successful outreach event.

Published 19 October 2016

Next meeting

The next meeting of PhilSoc will take place on Friday 14 October 2016 at SOAS. Dr Rebecca Clift, University of Essex, will speak on ‘Is that your coat on the floor? Agency and autonomy in indirection '. For an abstract of the talk, please click here. The meeting will take place at 4.15 in Room 116 in the main SOAS building. Tea will be served from 3.45.

Published 30 June 2016

PhilSoc announces new Members of Council

The PhilSoc AGM held on 11 June 2016 saw the election of four new members of Council.

Four Council members stood down, namely, Prof. Joan Beal, Dr Ricardo Bermudez-Otero, Prof. Guohua Chen, and Prof. Lutz Marten. The retiring members were thanked for their service, and their replacements were welcomed, namely, Prof. Karen Corrigan, Dr Seth Mehl, Prof. Patrick Sims-Williams, and Dr Laura Wright.

Published 17 June 2016

Next meeting and AGM

The AGM of PhilSoc will be held in Wolfson College, Oxford on Saturday 11 June at 4.15 (tea from 3.45) followed by a paper by Prof. Bill Kretzschmar (University of Georgia) on ‘The Complex Adaptive System of English: Text Analysis, Lexicogrammar, and Variation’. All welcome.

Published 17 May 2016