Philology is the study of the systematic behaviour of and developments within a language or language family over time. As such, it deals with a great number of fields within linguistics, including (but not limited to) phonetics and phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, sociolinguistics, pragmatics, etc.

In this department, students and staff focus mainly on Indo-European comparative philology and/or the study of one or more Indo-European daughter language(s), esp. Italic, Hellenic, Anatolian, Indo-Iranian, and Germanic.

In 2018, the department of Philology at Oxford is able to celebrate two important birthdays. Exactly 150 years ago, the University established the Chair of Comparative Philology (now the Diebold Professorship in Comparative Philology), which is thus, in some ways, the oldest “Chair in (a field of) Linguistics” at Oxford; the Chair, currently held by Prof. Andreas Willi, was first held by Max Müller (1868–1900), and later by other luminaries like Leonard R. Palmer (1952–71) and Anna Morpurgo-Davies (1971–2004).

The second cause for celebration is the 10th anniversary of the inauguration of the Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics.

Information about the philology courses available to undergraduate students in Classics and Joint Schools
Details about the M.St., M.Phil., and D.Phil. in Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics
Comparative Philology Seminar
Programme, materials, and archive of the Graduate seminar held every Tuesday in term time
Profiles of students and staff working on philological topics
Research & Publications
Recent publications and other research undertakings of philology staff and students
News from philology staff and students
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