Previous Seasons Meetings

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.

Jan
18
2019

January 2019

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

The next meeting of PhilSoc will take place on Friday 18 January 2019 at SOAS University of London. Dr Melanie Green (Sussex) & Dr Gabriel Ozon (Sheffield) will make a presentation on 'A spoken corpus of Cameroon Pidgin English: compilation, applications and next steps'. The meeting will take place at 4.15 in Room T102, 21-22 Russell Square (NOT the main SOAS building). Tea will be served from 3.45.

Nov
16
2018

Presentations by early career researchers

Language change in its socio-historical context

The next meeting of PhilSoc will take place at the University of Sheffield on Friday 16 November. Early career researchers Dr Christine Wallis (University of Sheffield), Dr Claire Childs (University of York) and Mr George Bailey (University of Manchester) will make presentations on Language change in its socio-historical context, followed by a round table discussion chaired by Dr Ranjan Sen (University of Sheffield). The meeting will will take place at 4.15 in the Humanities Research Institute (HRI) Building, Conference Room. Refreshments will be served from 3.45 in the HRI atrium

Oct
19
2018

October 2018

The diachrony of initial consonant loss in Cape York Peninsula (Australia)
Prof. Jean-Christophe Verstraete (Leuven)

The next meeting of PhilSoc will take place on Friday 19 October at the University of London. Prof. Jean-Christophe Verstraete, Leuven, will speak on 'The diachrony of initial consonant loss in Cape York Peninsula (Australia)'. The meeting will take place at 4.15 in Room G3 in Senate House. Tea will be served from 3.45.

Jun
16
2018

AGM

Parallel evolution of relative clauses in Indo-European
Prof. Nikolas Gisborne (Edinburgh) & Dr Robert Truswell (Edinburgh)

The AGM of PhilSoc will be held in Somerville College, Oxford (Woodstock Road, OX2 6HD), on Saturday 16 June at 4.15 (tea from 3.45), followed by a lecture by Prof. Nikolas Gisborne and Dr Robert Truswell (both Edinburgh) on ‘Parallel evolution of relative clauses in Indo-European’.  All welcome (including guests).

May
11
2018

May 2018

Bashkardi – a language by convergence?
Dr Agnes Korn, CNRS, Paris

The next meeting of PhilSoc will take place on Friday 11 May 2018 at SOAS. Dr Agnes Korn, CNRS, Paris, will speak on 'Bashkardi – a language by convergence?'. The meeting will take place at 4.15 in Room 116 in the main SOAS building. Tea will be served from 3.45.

Apr
25
2018

April 2018

Variation in Scots

We are pleased to announce that PhilSoc is, together with the British Academy and the Royal Society of Edinburgh, hosting a public event on 'Variation in Scots' in Edinburgh on 25 April 2018, 6.30 pm. The event will be chaired by Professor Jeremy Smith FRSE, Professor of English Philology, University of Glasgow.

Speakers are: Bruce Eunson, Scots Language Coordinator, Education Scotland; Michael Hance, Director, Scots Language Centre; Alice Heywood, Learning Officer, National Library of Scotland; Professor Robert McColl Millar, Professor in Linguistics and Scottish Language, University of Aberdeen; Professor Jennifer Smith, Professor of Sociolinguistics, University of Glasgow. For further information and to book a free place, please click here or here.

Mar
10
2018

March 2018

Mechanising historical phonology
Prof. Patrick Sims-Williams, Aberystwyth

The next meeting of PhilSoc will take place on Saturday 10 March 2018 at Cambridge. Prof. Patrick Sims-Williams, Aberystwyth University, will speak on 'Mechanising historical phonology'. The meeting will take place at 4.15 in Selwyn College. Tea will be served from 3.45.

Feb
09
2018

February 2018

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

The next meeting of PhilSoc will take place on Friday 9 February 2018 at SOAS. Dr Dagmar Divjak, Sheffield, will speak on 'Language, learning and usage-based theory: tackling nominal and verbal morphology in Slavic '. The meeting will take place at 4.15 in Room 116 in the main SOAS building. Tea will be served from 3.45.

Jan
12
2018

January 2018

Syntactic microvariation in Romance: bridging synchrony and diachrony
Dr Sam Wolfe, Oxford

The next meeting of PhilSoc will take place on Friday 12 January 2018 at SOAS. Dr Sam Wolfe, Oxford, will speak on 'Syntactic microvariation in Romance: bridging synchrony and diachrony'. The meeting will take place at 4.15 in Room 116 in the main SOAS building. Tea will be served from 3.45.

Nov
18
2017

Round Table Discussion (Manchester)

Approaches to Grammatical Change
Dr Lauren Fonteyn (Manchester), Dr Eva Zehentner (York), Dr Kari Kinn (Oslo); Chair: Prof. Maj-Britt Mosegaard Hansen (Manchester)

The next meeting of PhilSoc will take place in Manchester on Saturday 18th of November, 1.30. Postdoctoral researchers Dr Lauren Fonteyn (Manchester), Dr Eva Zehentner (York) and Dr Kari Kinn (Oslo) will make presentations on Approaches to Grammatical Change, followed by a round table discussion chaired by Prof. Maj-Britt Mosegaard Hansen (Manchester). The meeting will be in University Place, Oxford Road, Room  5.206. Refreshments will be served from 1.00.

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