What we do

The Henry Sweet Society for the History of Linguistic Ideas was founded in February 1984. Its aims are to promote and encourage the study of the history of all branches of linguistic thought, theoretical and applied, and including non-European traditions. Its fields of interest include the history both of the major subject areas of linguistics and also of more specialised topics, such as writing systems, literacy, rhetoric, and the application of linguistic ideas within professional and technical fields. Read more Henry Sweet

Martin Burr Award

27 January 2018

A Martin Burr award was made was to Jan Papy, Katrien Smeyers, Toon Van Hal and Raf Van Rooy (KU Leuven), to help to fund an exhibition commemorating the 500th anniversary of the foundation of the Collegium Trilingue. The exhibition was held at the KU Leuven University Library from 18 October 2017 to 18 January
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Colloquia

The Society organises a yearly Colloquium. Contributions on any aspect on the history of linguistics are welcome, as are ideas for panel discussions or thematic sessions. The 2016 Colloquium of the Henry Sweet Society of Linguistic Ideas will take place at Pembroke College, Cambridge September 13-15. Information about registration can be found via the ‘colloquia’ menu.

Grants

The Society invites applications for small amounts of funding (usually up to a maximum of £500) to support any form of activity which brings together language and history and allows them to be enjoyed by a non-academic audience. This money is made available thanks to the generosity of the late Martin Burr who was himself a non-academic with a passion for the study of language and history and the connection between them.

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Academic Journal

Language & HistoryLanguage and History is the Society's academic journal.

It aims to promote the study of the history of all branches of linguistic thought, theoretical and applied, and including non-European traditions.

Its fields of interest include the history both of the major subject areas of linguistics and also more specialised topics, such as writing systems, literacy, rhetoric, and the application of linguistic ideas within professional and technical fields.

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