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. Significant announcements made at meetings are reported on the homepage of the Society's website.



Unless otherwise indicated, tea is served at 3.45pm and the meeting begins at 4.15pm.

The Society has a YouTube channel where video recordings of some of its past meetings may be found.




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.

Oct
18
2024

October 2024

On lexical sociolinguistics
Laura Wright (Cambridge)

The lecture will be given at University College London.

Please note that all ordinary meetings commence at 4:15pm. Members are welcome to come for tea at 3:45 pm.

Nov
15
2024

November 2024

Early Career Researcher Panel: Familiar problems and less studied languages
TBC

The lecture will be given at the University of Manchester.

Please note that all ordinary meetings commence at 4:15pm. Members are welcome to come for tea at 3:45 pm.

Jan
17
2025

January 2025

All things prepositional: argument structure throughout the history of English
Eva Zehentner (Zurich)

The lecture will be given at University College London.

Please note that all ordinary meetings commence at 4:15pm. Members are welcome to come for tea at 3:45 pm.

Feb
14
2025

February 2025

Convergence and divergence of languages in contact ecologies: A typological approach
Kaius Sinnemäki (Helsinki)

This lecture will be given online.

Mar
15
2025

March 2025

Negotiating multilingualism - Language conflict in times of war and times of peace
Monika Schmid (York)

This lecture will be given in hybrid modality, at the University of Cambridge and via Zoom.

May
09
2025

May 2025

On the Imperative and the Optative in Old Japanese
Bjarke Frellesvig (Oxford)

The lecture will be given at University College London.

Please note that all ordinary meetings commence at 4:15pm. Members are welcome to come for tea at 3:45 pm.

Jun
07
2025

June 2025

AGM & Lecture: London Speech in Real Time: Using Language to Understand Social Change
Devyani Sharma (Queen Mary, London)

This lecture will be given in hybrid modality, at Somerville College, Oxford, and via Zoom.