Transactions of the Philological Society

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Edited By: James Clackson

Online ISSN: 1467-968X

Author Guidelines

Scholars are invited to submit papers for publication regardless of whether or not the papers have been read to meetings of the Society. Papers should be submitted online at Full instructions and support are available on the site and a user ID and password can be obtained on the first visit.

Papers submitted for publication should be written so as to be accessible to a linguistic or philological readership in general and not addressed solely to specialists. When submitting an article, you will be asked to confirm that your submission is anonymous. You will be asked to submit a separate abstract. You will also be invited to indicate dispreferred reviewers. If relevant, footnote 1 should contain acknowledgements and reference to a presentation at a meeting of the Philological Society, or other meeting, etc. Submitted articles will normally be read by two reviewers.

 There is no restriction on the format of manuscripts when first submitted, although it would be helpful to both authors and editors if manuscripts follow the style of previous issues of the Journal, especially the References section. In particular, all languages normally written in non-Roman script (including Greek) should be cited in transliterated form; English translations and, where appropriate, word-for-word glosses should be provided for all examples and quotations. In the interests of clarity, contributors should try to relegate detailed evidence and technical argument to an appendix. Footnotes should be as few and as short as possible.

 Tables, charts and diagrams (though not simple rules, examples or formulae) must each appear on a separate sheet, and must be labelled 'Fig 2', 'Table 4' or the like as appropriate. References in the text to the table or diagram should be made by citing this label.


  • Phonetic and phonemic transcriptions should make use of the symbols and conventions of the International Phonetic Alphabet. Any departures from IPA practice should be made explicit, and justified.

  • References in the text should be of the following forms: '...applies also to nouns (see Matthews 1981: 231-233)'; 'Rigter & Beukema (1985: 116) distinguish between... '.

  • Bibliographical references at the end should conform to the following models. (Mention one given name for each author, if you have the information; this aids readers following up your references in bibliographies, library catalogues, etc.)Title of periodicals should be given in full, or abbreviated as in Bibliographie Linguistique. Give place of publication and publisher for books.

BOLINGER, DWIGHT, 1965. ‘The atomization of meaning’, Language 41, 555–573.
BRUGMANN, KARL, 1906. Grundriss der vergleichenden Grammatik der indogermanischen Sprachen, 2nd ed., vol. 2, part 1, Strassburg: Trübner.
COETSEM, FRANS VAN, 2000. A general and unified theory of the transmission process in language contact, Heidelberg: Winter.
FRANKS, STEVEN, 2005. ‘Bulgarian clitics are positioned in the syntax.’ (17 May, 2006.)
JACKSON, KENNETH H., 1953. Language and History in Early Britain, Edinburgh: University Press.
LABOV, WILLIAM, 1987. ‘The overestimation of functionalism’, in René Dirven & Vilém Fried (eds.), Functionalism in Linguistics, Amsterdam: Benjamins, 311–332.
LEWIS, HENRY & PEDERSEN, HOLGER, 1961. A Concise Comparative Celtic Grammar, 2nd ed., Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.
LYONS, JOHN, 1963. Structural Semantics (Publications of the Philological Society, 20). Oxford: Blackwell.
Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed. 1989. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
PALMER, F. R., (ed.) 1968. Selected papers of J. R. Firth 1952–59, London: Longman.
PEDERSEN, JOHAN, 2005. ‘The Spanish impersonal se-construction: Constructional variation and change’, Constructions 1, (3 April, 2007.)
YU, ALAN C. L., 2003. The morphology and phonology of infixation. Berkeley, CA: University of California dissertation.

Exclusive Licence Form
Authors will be required to sign an Exclusive Licence Form (ELF) for all papers accepted for publication. Signature of the ELF is a condition of publication and papers will not be passed to the publisher for production unless a signed form has been received. Please note that signature of the Exclusive Licence Form does not affect ownership of copyright in the material. (Government employees need to complete the Author Warranty sections, although copyright in such cases does not need to be assigned). After submission authors will retain the right to publish their paper in various media/circumstances (please see the form for further details). To assist authors an appropriate form will be supplied by the editorial office. Alternatively, authors may like to download a copy of the form here.

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Pre-submission English-language editing
Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve the English. A list of independent suppliers of editing services can be found here. All services are paid for and arranged by the author, and use of one of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.