Transactions of the Philological Society

Cover image for Vol. 113 Issue 3

Edited By: James Clackson

Online ISSN: 1467-968X

Society Information

The Philological Society is the oldest learned society in Great Britain devoted to the scholarly study of language and languages. It was established in its present form in 1842, consisting partly of members of a society of the same name established at the University of London in 1830 'to investigate and promote the study and knowledge of the structure, the affinities, and the history of languages'. Publication by the Clarendon Press of the Society's New English Dictionary on Historical Principles, which has since come to be known as the Oxford English Dictionary , began in 1879, the Society having adopted the project in 1857 and having over a long period of time made itself responsible for the collection of material and the preparation of the Dictionary under its first editor, Sir James Murray.

The Society, while encouraging all aspects of the study of language, has a particular interest in historical and comparative linguistics, and maintains its traditional interest in the structure, development, and varieties of Modern English. The Society also commissions general papers on problematic or controversial topics in the theory of language.

The Society's journal, Transactions of the Philological Society, is published three times a year in March, July and November. Occasional volumes, such as Publications of the Philological Society and other separate titles, are issued as funds allow.