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T has come to the notice of the Secretary that persons interested in philology know little or nothing of the character of our Society, and that some two score professed philologists in the British Empire and some other countries are not members. It was therefore

proposed to send to these select persons and any others suggested by members the following circular, which ought also to serve to answer the type of query suggested above.

DEAR SIR, It has been decided by the Council of the Philological Society to call the attention of philologists who are not already members to the existence and the objects of the Philological Society.

The objects are-to summarize the full statement in the Memorandum of Association drawn up when the Society became a Limited Liability Company in 1879-to promote the study and knowledge of the structure, affinities, and history of languages, and to do anything that may advance these ends. The Society was already old in 1879, having been founded in 1842, and has had representative members from all the Universities of the British Isles and foreign countries.

The history of the Society's Dictionary and the list of publications will show something of what the Society has done. At the present time the entrance fee of one guinea is suspended, to encourage new members to present themselves, but Phil. Trans. 1911.


this is only a temporary measure liable to an early cessation. It is obvious that a considerable accession of new-and, above all, of young-members is necessary to continue the Society's prosperity, while the members' and prospective members' interests would be better served if increased numbers gave more chance of carrying out new developments to which the Council aspire, and it is therefore suggested that you should help in that development by joining yourself and encouraging others to join.



The Council of this Society desires to draw your attention to certain new arrangements which it is about to make, with the object of providing greater facilities than exist at present for the publication of original philological work in this country.

The chief feature of the new scheme will be the separate publication of the longer papers, articles, or dissertations read or presented to the Society. Subject to the approval of the Council, and so far as the funds of the Society permit, these will henceforward be included in a series entitled "Publications of the Philological Society", which will be issued in co-operation with the Clarendon Press. All members of the Society will be entitled to copies of these as well as of the "Transactions", and it is expected that it will be possible to issue them with some regularity, perhaps quarterly. The "Transactions" of the Society will still be continued, but in a modified form: they will contain the reports of meetings and all the shorter papers or notes on philological matters, together with abstracts of all the separate publications. In this way the "Transactions" will still contain a full record of the Society's work.

The Council is convinced that by regular publication in this manner, the Society will materially aid the advancement of philological studies in this country. It will gladly take into consideration all offers of articles or dissertations on philological subjects, whether by members or others, and will endeavour as far as possible to include them in its special series. Care will be taken, however, that within certain limits there shall be a proper variety in the subjects of the papers printed. It is assumed that as a rule these will lie within the province of Indo-Germanic (and more particularly of Romanic, Teutonic, and Celtic) Philology.

A certain number of copies of each publication will be printed for separate sale, at such prices as the Council may fix, but it will not be possible to keep all the publications permanently in print. It will therefore be advisable for all scholars and libraries, in order to have a complete set of these, to subscribe for them from the beginning, as in a few years it might be difficult to make up full sets. The support of all persons interested in philological studies,

and of all University and other large libraries, will be of great assistance to the Society in carrying out its new scheme of work. The yearly subscription in all cases is one guinea, and applications for membership should be sent on the enclosed form as early as possible to the Honorary Secretary, Mr. S. Dickson-Brown, M.A., 34 Regent Square, London, W.C.

The present programme for 1912-13 includes the following issues:

1. Historical Development of the Norfolk Dialect, by S. Ransen. 2. Phonology and Grammar of Modern West Frisian, by S.


3. Two Middle English Courtesy Books (Text and Translation), by E. K. Chambers.

4. The Phonology and Grammar of the Cumbrian Dialect and its relation to Norse, by B. Brilioth.

5. An edition of Carel ende Elegast,' to serve as an introduction to the study of Middle Dutch, by Dr. A. J. Barnouw. Increased membership might enable the Society to produce additional work.

It may not be out of place to remind you that with the present Session the Society will have completed the seventieth year of its existence, and has during that period secured many notable contributions to the advancement of philology, the most important being its foundation of the New English Dictionary now in course of publication by the Clarendon Press, and rapidly nearing completion. The "Transactions" of recent years include the following valuable papers :

"The Substantive Verb in the Old Irish Glosses," and other papers on Old Irish Grammar, by Professor Strachan.

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History of Guttural Sounds in English," by H. C. Wyld.

"John Barbour: Poet and Translator," by G. Neilson.

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Memoranda on Medieval Latin," by J. H. Hessels.

"Contributions to Old English Lexicography," by Professor

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'Nominale sive Verbale," by Professor Skeat.

"English Etymology," by Professor Skeat.

"Transliteration and Pronunciation of Latin v," by G. B. Grundy.

"The Lydgate Canon," by H. N. MacCracken.

1 Subsequently altered to Beatrijs.

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