Welcome to PhilSoc

The Philological Society (PhilSoc) was established in 1830 and  is the oldest learned society in Great Britain devoted to the scholarly study of language and languages. As well as encouraging all aspects of the study of language, PhilSoc has a particular interest in historical and comparative linguistics, and in the structure, development, and varieties of Modern English.

Next Meeting


June 2022

Annual General Meeting followed by public lecture: The Study of Meaning in Natural Language, in the Lab and in the Field
Vera Hohaus (Manchester)

St. Catherine’s College, Oxford
Tea will be served at 3.45pm BST; the AGM will start at 4.15pm BST with the lecture following immediately afterwards

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In memoriam James Noel Adams (1943–2021)

Funding & Bursaries

Information about funding support available from PhilSoc may be found here