Transactions of the Philological Society

Transactions of the Philological Society (TPhS)

PhilSoc's journal is called Transactions of the Philological Society (TPhS) (paper: ISSN 0079-1636; online: ISSN 1467-968X) and is edited by James Clackson (Frans Plank and Nigel Vincent Consulting Editors). It has appeared since 1854 and continues the earlier Proceedings (1842-53); it is the oldest scholarly journal devoted to the general study of language and languages that has an unbroken tradition.

Transactions continues to reflect the Society's long-standing interest in comparative and historical linguistics in general and in Indo-European and the history of English in particular. It also reflects the Society's broad range of interests and welcomes studies of all languages from the perspective of any of the various subdisciplines of descriptive and theoretical linguistics, including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics and sociolinguistics, from both synchronic and diachronic perspectives.

Since 2002 (vol. 100) Transactions has been published three times a year, now appearing in March, July and November, with occasional special issues devoted to a particular theme.  It is published on behalf of PhilSoc by John Wiley & Sons Ltd and distributed to all PhilSoc members as part of their subscription package. Transactions is also available to non-members, and to institutions and libraries, through the publisher.

The members of the Editorial Board are as follows: Alison Biggs (UPenn); Laurel Brinton (UBC); Hilary Chappell (Paris); Concepción Company Company (UNAM); David Goldstein (UCLA); Johanna Laakso (Vienna); Mallory Matsumoto (Brown); Barbara Meisterernst (Berlin); Joe Perry (Hong Kong); Henk Van Riemsdijk (Arezzo).

Transactions content can be accessed online, and table-of-contents email alerts can be requested, from the Wiley Online Library by clicking here. For access to a free sample issue, please click here. Members can register for access to TPhS online by e-mailing with their membership number.

Details of forthcoming articles are available on the PhilSoc homepage.

We are now accepting Open Access article submission for Transactions of the Philological Society. OnlineOpen is available to Transactions of the Philological Society authors who wish to make their article open access, free to read, download and share via Wiley Online Library and PubMed Central. In addition, authors of OnlineOpen articles are permitted to post the final, published PDF of their article on a website, institutional repository or other free public server, immediately on publication. Learn more here.

Guides for authors submitting articles submitting articles to TPhS are available by clicking on the relevant links in the panel on the right. Information is also available on the TPhS website. The TPhS stylesheet (pdf) can be downloaded via the panel on the right. Authors will be asked to sign an exclusive licence form; this can be downloaded (pdf) via the panel on the right. The TPhS editor can be contacted by clicking on the link here. The throughflow of manuscripts submitted for publication in TPhS is managed online. Authors and reviewers should click here for access to the website. 

Additional material relating to papers published in TPhS can be downloaded via the links at the bottom of this page.

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Johnson : Appendix for 'The reconstruction of labial stop-consonant clusters in Proto-Far-Western Hmongic' (pdf)
Issue: 100.1: 25--58
Wang and Minett : Appendix to 'Vertical and horizontal transmission in language evolution' (pdf)
Issue: 103.2: 121--146
McMahon, Heggarty, McMahon and Slaska : Supplement to 'Swadesh sublists and the benefits of borrowing: An Andean case study' (doc)
Issue: 103.2: 141--170
Atkinson, Nicholls, Welch and Gray : Appendix to 'From words to dates: water into wine, mathemagic or phylogenetic inference?' (doc)
Issue: 103.2: 193--219
Slaska : Supplement to 'Lexicostatistics away from the armchair: handling people, props and problems'
Issue: 103.2: 221--242
Landau : Colour graphics in "On the reading and interpretation of the month-line in the Gothic calendar"
Issue: 104.1: 3-12
Peter Petré : On the distribution and merger of is and bið in Old and Middle English
Issue: 111.3: 310-325
Helen Sims-Williams : Supplementary data to Analogical Levelling and Optimisation: The Treatment of Pointless Lexical Allomorphy in Greek
Issue: 114.3, 315–338
Marek Majer : Appendix to Marek Majer "The ‘fiver’ Germanic ‘finger’, balto-slavic de-numeral adjectives in *-ERO- and their Indo-European background”
Issue: 115.2