The society aims to encourage and promote the study of the history of linguistics. Professor Andrew Linn joins a number of other academics on the executive committee, along with members from around the UK and Europe.
Speaking about his election, Andrew said: “It is a great honour to have been elected to this role, one which will allow me to help enhance Westminster’s enviable reputation as a centre for historical language study.”
Professor Linn joined the University of Westminster in February 2016, after being Professor of the History of Linguistics at the University of Sheffield. His research in this area has been funded by the Leverhulme Trust, the British Academy and the Swedish Academy. He has also been a visiting professor at the University of Paris VII.
He is also an elected member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and a strategic reviewer for the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
Founded in 1984, The Henry Sweet Society for the History of Linguistic Ideas has members from across the world. They also run an international conference, and sponsor the peer-reviewed journal Language and History.