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PhilSoc meetings

PhilSoc usually holds seven meetings each academic year, in October, November, January, February, March, May and June (AGM). At most meetings, a full paper is read; other meetings take the format of a thematic symposium. Regular meetings start at 4.15pm, with tea served to members and their guests from 3.45pm. Unless indicated otherwise, meetings are held on Fridays, at SOAS University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H OXG. For a detailed map, please click here. Significant announcements made at meetings are reported on the homepage of the Society's website.

PhilSoc welcomes proposals for papers to be read at meetings. Proposals should be forwarded to the Honorary Secretary (contact details on the Contact page). Papers may be on any topic falling within the scope of PhilSoc's interests, but speakers are asked to bear in mind that the audience will represent a wide range of linguistic interests, and papers should therefore be accessible to non-specialists.

2018-19

19 October (Senate House, London, Room G3)
Prof. Jean-Christophe Verstraete (Leuven)
The diachrony of initial consonant loss in Cape York Peninsula (Australia)
Abstract: The diachrony of initial consonant loss in Cape York Peninsula (Australia)


16 November (Sheffield)
Presentations by postgraduate researchers followed by a round table discussion chaired by Prof. Susan Fitzmaurice and Dr Ranjan Sen (Sheffield)

Language change in its socio-historical context


18 January
Dr Melanie Green (Sussex) & Dr Gabriel Ozon (Sheffield)
A spoken corpus of Cameroon Pidgin English: compilation, applications and next steps


15 February
Prof. Larry Hyman (Berkeley)
Function of vowel length in language: phonological, grammatical and pragmatic consequences


8/9 March (Wolfson College, Oxford)
Early Career Researcher Forum
Late-stage doctoral students and early career researchers present their work in 20-minute presentations


9 March (Wolfson College, Oxford)
Prof. Rudolf Wachter (Basel)
Dialectology in the 21st century: new insights in Ancient Greek and Swiss German


10 May (British Academy, London)
Anna Morpurgo Davies Lecture
Prof. Antonella Sorace (Edinburgh)
Why language learning opens the mind: old prejudices, trendy myths, and new research


15 June (Murray Edwards College, Cambridge)
AGM and lecture on English grammar in honour of Lord Quirk
Prof. Bas Aarts (UCL)
Oblique predicative constructions in English


2017-18

20 October 2017 (Garden Halls, London)
Dr Kriszta Szendröi, University College London
A flexible approach to focus and the syntax-prosody interface
Abstract: A flexible approach to focus and the syntax-prosody interface


18 November, 1.30 p.m.
Round Table Discussion (Manchester, University Place, Oxford Road, Room 5.206)
Dr Lauren Fonteyn (Manchester), Dr Eva Zehentner (York), Dr Kari Kinn (Oslo); Chair: Prof. Maj-Britt Mosegaard Hansen (Manchester)
Approaches to Grammatical Change
Abstract: Approaches to Grammatical Change


12 January 2018
Dr Sam Wolfe, Oxford
Syntactic microvariation in Romance: bridging synchrony and diachrony
Abstract: Syntactic microvariation in Romance: bridging synchrony and diachrony


9 February 2018
Dr Dagmar Divjak, Sheffield
Language, learning and usage-based theory: tackling nominal and verbal morphology in Slavic
Abstract: Language, learning and usage-based theory: tackling nominal and verbal morphology in Slavic


10 March 2018 (Cambridge)
Prof. Patrick Sims-Williams, Aberystwyth
Mechanising historical phonology
Abstract: Mechanising historical phonology


25 April (Edinburgh)
Public event jointly organised with the British Academy and the Royal Society of Edinburgh
Variation in Scots
Abstract: Variation in Scots


11 May 2018
Dr Agnes Korn, CNRS, Paris
Bashkardi – a language by convergence?
Abstract: Bashkardi – a language by convergence?


16 June 2018 (Oxford)
AGM
Prof. Nikolas Gisborne (Edinburgh) & Dr Robert Truswell (Edinburgh)
Parallel evolution of relative clauses in Indo-European
Abstract: Parallel evolution of relative clauses in Indo-European