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.

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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 2013 Colloquium of the Henry Sweet Society of Linguistic Ideas took place at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, from Thursday 29th August to Saturday 31st August 2013.

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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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