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Articles in the forthcoming issue of the Transactions (115.2)

IOSAD, Pavel  Welsh svarabhakti as stem allomorphy; SIDELTSEV, Andrei  Accented Clitics in Hittite?; STOLK, Joanne Vera  Dative alternation and dative case syncretism in Greek: the use of dative, accusative and prepositional phrases in documentary papyri; MAJER, Marek  The 'fiver': Germanic 'finger', Balto-Slavic de-numeral adjectives in *-ero- and their Indo-European background; LOWE, John  The Sanskrit (Psuedo-)Periphrastic Future

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

President's lecture and AGM

The AGM of PhilSoc will be held in Selwyn College, Cambridge on Saturday 17 June at 4.15 (tea from 3.45) followed by the President's lecture on 'Standards, norms and prescriptivism'. All welcome.

Published 23 May 2017

Language through Deaf eyes

This year's Anna Morpurgo Davies Lecture will take place on Friday 12 May at the British Academy (London). Prof. Bencie Woll, University College London, will speak on 'Language through Deaf eyes'. There will be British Sign Language interpreting. The lecture will take place at 4.15 with a drinks reception afterwards. For an abstract of the lecture and information about the speaker, please click here or see the British Academy website.

Published 17 April 2017

Prime Minister's reaction to Learned Societies' post-Brexit letter

Prime Minister Theresa May has responded to a letter concerning language education, international mobility and EU research schemes signed by a number of Learned Societies, including the Philological Society; a copy of the response can be found here. The original letter is available here, and a summary here

Published 22 March 2017

Screencast of the last meeting (11 March 2017)

Prof. Jonathan Hope's talk on '"Counting": quality and quantity in literary language and tools for investigating it', which was presented to members on 11th March 2017 at Wolfson College, Oxford, is now available as a screencast.

We are grateful to Prof. Hope for his permission to make this recording.

Published 17 March 2017

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

Video Recording of the last meeting (10 February 2017)

Dr Alexander King's talk on 'Ethnopoetic philology and the power of narrative for endangered voices', which was presented to members on 10th February 2017 at SOAS is now available as a video recording.

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

Published 22 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