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Next meeting

The next meeting of PhilSoc will take place on Friday 15 January 2016 at SOAS. Professor Joe Eska (Virginia Tech) will speak on 'Continental Celtic, syntax, and the genesis of Insular Celtic'. The meeting will take place at 4.15 in Room 116 in the main SOAS building. Tea will be served from 3.45.

Published 26 November 2015

Next meeting

The next meeting of PhilSoc will be held on Friday 13 November in the Conference Room in the Humanities Research Institute at the University of Sheffield (map) at 4.15 p.m. at which Dr Chris Lucas (SOAS) will speak on 'The Maltese numerals and the nature of grammatical competence'. Tea will be served at 3.45.

Published 3 November 2015

PhilSoc Bursaries awarded for 2015–16

PhilSoc Council is delighted to announce that the PhilSoc Masters Bursaries for the academic year 2015–16 have been awarded to Stefano Coretta (York, formerly Milan), Roisin Huggins (Oxford, formerly Glasgow), and Benjamin Lowell Sluckin (Cambridge, formerly Manchester). The Anna Morpurgo Davies Masters Bursary has been awarded to Monica Desai (Oxford, formerly UCL). Details of next year's competition will appear on the website in due course.

Published 29 September 2015

Lecture in honour of Peter Matthews

On 4 December 2015 at 5 p.m. at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, the PhilSoc will celebrate Peter Matthews' contribution to morphological analysis with a lecture by Prof. Stephen Anderson entitled 'Words and Paradigms: Peter Matthews and the Development of Morphological Theory'. All members of PhilSoc and their guests are very welcome.

Published 16 August 2015

James Murray event

The President and several members of the Society attended ‘A Life in Words’, a celebration of the life and work of James Murray 1915–2015 on Friday 24 July in Oxford. The Society was delighted to co-sponsor this event marking the contribution of one of its former Presidents to the publication of 'the Society's dictionary' or what is now known as the Oxford English Dictionary.

Published 28 July 2015

Conference on Case Attraction

As previously posted, a two-day conference on case attraction and related phenomena is being held on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th September 2015 at the University of Wrocław, entitled: '"Insufficient strength to defend its case": Case attraction and related phenomena'. This is a joint event of the Center for General and Comparative Linguistics at the University of Wrocław and the Philological Society, and is generously supported also by the Faculty of Lingusitics at the University of Oxford and the Programme for Indo-European Studies at UCLA. The programme is now available here.

Published 19 July 2015

PhilSoc announces new Members of Council

The PhilSoc AGM held on 6 June 2015 saw the election of four new members of Council.

Four Council members stood down, namely, Prof. Adam Ledgeway, Prof. Lutz Marten, Prof. Rosanna Sornicola, Dr Graham Trousdale. The President thanked the retiring members on behalf of Council and the Society for their service, and welcomed their replacements, namely, Prof. Bas Aarts, Prof. David Denison, Dr Melanie Green, and Prof. Janet Watson.

Published 8 June 2015

Honorary Members of PhilSoc

The Council of PhilSoc is pleased to announce that it has elected three Honorary Members to reflect their distinction and contribution to the field: Prof. Michael Halliday, Prof. Paul Kiparsky, Prof. Elizabeth Traugott.

Published 8 June 2015

Eighth Robins Prize winner

At the PhilSoc AGM on Saturday 6 June 2015 the winner and runners-up of the Eighth Robins Prize 2014–15 were announced. The winner was Charlotte Hemmings (SOAS) with an essay on ‘Kelabit voice: Philippine-type, Indonesian-type or something a bit different?’ The two runners-up were Silva Nurmio (Cambridge), ‘Collective nouns in Welsh: a noun category or a plural allomorph?’ and Helen Sims-Williams (Oxford), ‘Analogical levelling and optimisation: the treatment of pointless lexical allomorphy in Greek’.

Published 8 June 2015

PhilSoc Membership Fees

At the PhilSoc AGM on Saturday 6 June 2015 it was agreed that the annual fee for membership would be raised to £20 for ordinary members and to £20 for five years for student associates with effect from 1 January 2016. This is being done to reflect the rising cost of meetings and to ensure that we can continue to fulfill our aim of helping students with bursaries and other financial support. The President will be writing to all members giving the background to this decision. Full information will be circulated with the programme card in the summer. The Subscriptions page has now been changed to reflect this.

Published 8 June 2015

Next meeting of PhilSoc and AGM

The AGM of PhilSoc will be held in Jesus College, Cambridge on Saturday 6 June at 4.15 (tea from 3.45) followed by a paper by Prof. Elan Dresher (University of Toronto) on 'Contrastive feature hierarchies in diachronic phonology'. All welcome.

Published 18 May 2015

Withdrawal of small-entry language qualifications

The President of PhilSoc, on behalf of the Society, is a signatory of a letter to the Secretary of State for Education expressing our grave concern regarding the recent announcement by public examination boards (OCR and AQA) that they intend to withdraw GCSE and A-level qualifications for small-entry languages. A copy of the letter can be found here.

Published 7 April 2015