This is the archive site for the December 2015 conference


What do we need to consider in order to understand phonological change and to reconstruct past phonological states? The Second Edinburgh Symposium on Historical Phonology offered an opportunity to discuss fundamental questions in historical phonology as well as specific analyses of historical data.

The symposium was hosted by the Department of Linguistics and English Language on the 3rd and 4th December, 2015, with support from the Angus McIntosh Centre for Historical Linguistics.

The Angus McIntosh Centre for Historical Linguistics’ Plenary Speaker for 2015 was Ranjan Sen, University of Sheffield. We also gratefully acknowledge support from the Linguistics Association of Great Britain.

Invited talks

Here you can find the material for Ranjan Sen’s invited talks What keeps a historical phonologist up at night


You can find some of the live tweets to the right. Check also the #eshp2 hashtag for more.


Below you will find some photos by Rhona Alcorn and Roland Noske.


Latest news

Previous conferences

The first Edinburgh Symposium on Historical Phonology was held in Edinburgh in January 2014. The archived website is here.


The conference email address is


Advisory board

The following people have agreed to serve on the Symposium’s Advisory Board: