Robins Prize:

The Eleventh RH Robins Prize of the Philological Society


The Philological Society is delighted to launch the eleventh R. H. Robins student Prize for an article on a linguistic topic that falls within the area of the Society's interests as defined by present and past publications in the Transactions of the Philological Society (TPhS).

The Prize will be awarded in open competition. The competition is open to any individual or individuals who was/were both:
(i) registered students (at the time of submission); s/he/they should submit a letter from his/her/their supervisor, or from a person of similar standing, attesting to his/her/their status and that the submission is his/her/their own work); and,
(ii) Members or Student Associate Members of the Society.

The article submission can (but need not) have been based on some part of a projected doctoral or masters dissertation. The submission should not have been published before (except possibly in a departmental working paper or the like), nor should it have been submitted for publication elsewhere.

The author(s) of the winning submission will receive a cash prize of £500 (shared equally between the authors of a jointly authored submission); the author(s) of the runner-up essay will receive a cash prize of £250 (again, shared equally as appropriate).  Additionally, the prize-winning and runner-up submissions will be considered for publication in the Society's journal, the Transactions of the Philological Society, subject to the usual peer-review process. In making a submission, authors must undertake to give the Transactions first refusal to publish the article.

The prize will be awarded by PhilSoc Council on the recommendation of a prize committee formed from members of Council and selected peer-reviewers with the President in the Chair. In awarding the prize the Council will take into consideration the originality of the submission and the theoretical and/or empirical contribution it makes to the discipline. Council reserves the right not to award the prize if there are no submissions of sufficient merit.

The closing date for submissions is 1 November 2020. Submissions are to be written in English. They should not exceed (but need not be as long as) 10,000 words, including tables, figures, notes, appendices, references, etc. Submissions (in Word and PDF format) should be sent to the Society’s Secretary, Professor Klaus Fischer, by e-mail attachment, together with the letter mentioned in (i) above. The article should follow the TPhS style sheet. The style sheet can be downloaded by clicking on the link on the right.

The winner and runner-up will be announced at the Society's Annual General Meeting in June 2021.


Past Winners:

2016Jade Jørgen Sandstedt (Edinburgh)Transparency and blocking in Early Old Norwegian height harmony
2014Charlotte Hemmings (SOAS)Kelabit voice: Philippine-type, Indonesian-type or something a bit different? (TPhS 113.3, 383–405)
2014Silva Nurmio (Cambridge) (runner-up)Collective nouns in Welsh: a noun category or a plural allomorph?
2014Helen Sims-Williams (Oxford) (runner-up)Analogical levelling and optimisation: the treatment of pointless lexical allomorphy in Greek
2012No prize awarded
2010Francesco Ciconte (Manchester)The emergence ... of the existential pro-form: evidence from ... Italo-Romance (TPhS 109.3 284-306)
2010Thomas Rainsford (Cambridge) (Runner up)Dividing lines: the Changing syntax and prosody ... in Medieval French verse (TPhS 109.3 265-283)
2008Petros Karatsareas (Cambridge)The loss of grammatical gender in Cappadocian Greek (TPhS 107.2: 196-230)
2006Susana Afonso (Machester) (Runner up) Existentials as impersonalising devices: the case of European Portuguese (TPhS106.2: 180-215)
2006Louise Mycock (Manchester)Constituent question formation and focus: A new typological perspective (TPhS 105.2: 192--251)
2004Sarah Turner (University College, Oxford)Post-verbal subjects in Early East Slavonic (TPhS 104.1: 85--117)
2000Virve-Anneli Vihman (Edinburgh)Middle voice in Estonian (TPhS 100.1: 131--160)