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2008 reprint of 1934 Transactions essay by J. R. R. Tolkien

An essay by J. R. R. Tolkien, 'Chaucer as a philologist: The Reeve's Tale', which originally appeared in Transactions in 1934, will be reprinted in volume 5 (spring 2008) of Tolkien Studies. For details, please click here.

Published 10 Dec 2007

World French Linguistics Congress

PhilSoc is pleased to announce its support for the first World French Linguistics Congress, organised by the Institut de linguistique française and taking place in Paris 9--12 Jul 08. The Congress includes eight plenary lectures, 140 selected papers and 300 poster presentations across twelve themes. The Congress also includes a dedicated poster session for early-career researchers. The Congress website can be accessed by clicking here.

Published 23 Nov 2007

150th anniversary of Trench's seminal paper read to PhilSoc

Nov 2007 marks the 150th anniversary of the reading of one of the most important papers ever to be read to PhilSoc: Richard Chenevix Trench's 'On some deficiencies in our English dictionaries', widely regarded as having created the impetus which ultimately led to the compilation of the Oxford English Dictionary.

Published 25 Oct 2007

PhilSoc heads North again

PhilSoc will this year once again be holding its Nov meeting in the North. Following a number of biennial Nov meetings in Manchester, and last year's Nov meeting in Edinburgh, the Society will travel to Yorkshire and meet in Sheffield. PhilSoc looks forward to seeing many of its northern members on Fri 16 Nov.

Published 17 Jul 2007

Fifth RH Robins Prize of the Philological Society

PhilSoc is pleased to announce the Society's fifth RH Robins Prize for an article written by a student associate member on a topic within the Society’s interests. In a departure from previous Prizes, the Society will award the £500 first prize together with a £250 second prize. Click on Robins Prize in the panel on the left for details.

Published 4 Jul 2007

New PhilSoc Council line-up unveiled

At the PhilSoc AGM held on 11 May 2007, four Council members stood down, namely, Prof. Beal, Prof. McMahon, Prof. Roberts and Dr Willis. The President thanked the retiring members on behalf of Council and the Society for their service, and welcomed their replacements, namely, Prof. Wendy Ayres-Bennett (Cambridge), Dr Philip Durkin (OUP), Dr Patrick Honeybone (Edinburgh) and Prof. Ruth Kempson (KCL).

Published 11 May 2007

All change at the top: New PhilSoc President announced

At the PhilSoc AGM held on 11 May 2007, Prof. Nicholas Sims-Williams stood down as PhilSoc President at the end of a four-year period of office, and was elected as Vice-President. Dr Keith Brown, formerly PhilSoc Publications Secretary and editor of Transactions of the Philological Society, was elected to succeed Prof. Sims-Williams as President. The incoming President thanked the retiring President for his work as President and for his long-standing commitment to the Society.

Published 11 May 2007

PhilSoc Council announces winner of the fourth RH Robins Prize

At the PhilSoc AGM held on 11 May 2007, Council announced that Louise Mycock (Manchester) was the winner of the fourth RH Robins Prize of the Society. Louise was presented with the £500 prize for her essay entitled "Constituent question formation and focus: A new typological perspective" which has been accepted for publication in Transactions, where it's expected to appear in issue 105.2.

Published 11 May 2007

Latest PhilSoc Publication now available

The latest volume (Vol. 41) in PhilSoc's Publications series, Colonialism and Grammatical Representation: John Gilchrist and the Analysis of the 'Hindustani' Language in the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries by Richard Steadman-Jones (280pp), is now available. PhilSoc members receive Publications free as part of their annual £10 subscription. Membership details are available by clicking on Membership in the panel on the left. Non-members can order Publications direct from the publisher by clicking on Books in the panel on the left.

Published 21 Mar 2007

Latest PhilSoc Publication now available

The latest volume (Vol. 40) in PhilSoc's Publications series, Focus in Hausa by Melanie Green (290pp), is now available. PhilSoc members receive Publications free as part of their annual £10 subscription. Membership details are available by clicking on Membership in the panel on the left. Non-members can order Publications direct from the publisher by clicking on Books in the panel on the left.

Published 1 Feb 2007

Blackwell Synergy relaunch

Blackwell Synergy, the online journals platform from Blackwell Publishing through which Transactions of the Philological Society is available, has been relaunched for 2007 with a brand new design providing easier navigation, faster loading times and improved access to research tools. In addition to a new look and feel, features have been repositioned to highlight key tools more clearly so that you can make the best use of journals.

Published 18 Jan 2007

International Editorial Board for Transactions

PhilSoc is pleased to announce the names of the founding members of Transactions' International Editorial Board: Prof. Cynthia Allen (Australian National University), Prof. Jan Terje Faarlund (Oslo), Prof. Jay Jayaseelan (Hyderabad), Prof. Frans Plank (Konstanz), Prof. Don Ringe (Pennsylvania) and Prof. Moges Yigezu (Addis Ababa). The members of the International Editorial Board will act as ambassadors for Transactions in their respective regions, and thus further enhance the international profile of the journal.

Published 31 Dec 2006