Category Archives: Special Events

Any special (non-weekly) run by the society, such as the PPLS Society Ball.

LangSoc Highlands Excursion

Come along with LangSoc as we explore the beauty and magic of the Highlands! Stopping off through numerous national parks along scenic drives you will learn all about the unique history of the untamed lands with a guided tour. Like castles? Like whisky distilleries? DO YOU LIKE NESSIE? Well join us and (fingers crossed) see them all! The price at the moment is £39 for students but that is subject to change minorly. This is a day-long trip, we’d leave at 8am and return just after 8pm.


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PPLS Ball & Ceilidh 2017


Are you looking to immerse yourself in a night of traditional Scottish dining, dancing, and socializing? Looking to get the most experience out of your enthralling time in Edinburgh? Then you should come to the black tie PPLS Ceilidh Ball!

The School of Philosophy, Psychology, and Language Sciences is hosting a Ceilidh, which is organized Scottish dancing passed through the ages. This event is open to all students and non-students. The Ceilidh Ball will be Saturday 4th of March in the historic Hub right on the Royal Mile. The Hub is the closest venue to the Castle, quite literally on the doorstep inviting everyone’s eyes with its gothic architecture and stained glass windows.

You will be welcomed with a glass of sparkling wine or Scottish Malt upon arrival to be followed by a three-course meal including a taste of Scotland’s infamous treat: Haggis! There will also be half a bottle of wine per person during dinner, because it is Scotland.

You will be treated to a performance by our professional Highland Dancers in traditional attire who will later instruct and guide you to become a master ceilidh dancer! No previous experience necessary! You can then ceilidh your way through the evening and join us to a premier George Street night club!

So if dancing in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle tickles your fancy come along to this once in a lifetime night! Tickets are £60 for non members of a PPLS society and £55 for members. This is an experience you can remember for the rest of your life. Tickets can be found by clicking the link below and will be on sale until next Thursday 23rd of February. So grab your tickets while they’re still available!

The ceilidh will start at 9pm and doors will close at 10pm.


For more details and to buy tickets, check out the Facebook event page!

LangSoc Festive Meal!

Celebrate the end of term and take one last breath before exams! Enjoy a three course meal at the very festive 56 North (Pole!, hehe) and gather round a table with friendly faces before we venture off into 2017 and beyond! The 3 course holiday meal will cost £23 and the enjoyment will be free! IMPORTANT: In order to reserve your seat you MUST MESSAGE me, Charlotte Manning. Hope to everyone there along with some new faces! Happy Happy Holidays everyone!!

The meal will be on the 7th December at 7pm.

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PPLS Ball Fundraising PubQuiz!

Come along on the 9th November and have some fun while helping raise money for the much anticipated PPLS Ball 2017! All societies are welcome to take the challenge and become the best quiz team from PPLS! Questions will consist of general knowledge, music, and the most basic PPLS courses! All proceeds go towards the PPLS Ball 2017! Quiz starts at 8pm sharp in the upstairs section of the Golf Tavern, £2 per person. So bring along a few mates and see some friendly faces from your school!


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Postgrad Lecture Night


Welcome to LangSoc’s annual Postgrad Lecture night! On 19 October we will be joined by various speakers on the world of postgraduate studies in linguistics, from current students to PPLS Careers Consultant Janet Fosyth and Mits Ota, Programme Director for one of Edinburgh’s many MSc Linguistics programmes.

Free entry for members, £2 for non-members.

Everyone is welcome to join us at the pub afterwards!

18:00 doors for an 18:15 start.


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LangSoc Excursion to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne


Join us for LangSoc’s very first day-trip excursion!

On the 1st of October we’re heading to Lindisfarne, the site of the Lindisfarne Priory where the famous Lindisfarne Gospels were written.

Whether you’re interested in going to see the ruins of one of the most important religious sites of thte Anglo-Saxon period, want to try some, or just want to get out of the city and spend time with fellow LangSoc members, this is sure to be a fun (and interesting) day out!

For more details and to book a place, check out the event on Facebook!

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Fresher’s Week 2016 Events

Come and see our events this Freshers’ Week!


Dialect Taster Session

Our new linguists and language enthusiasts are warmly welcomed to our highly successful Dialect Taster Session where you can try out different accents and learn new words from across the UK and the entire world!

The Linguists Film Screening

The Linguists’ is an acclaimed documentary film which explores the daily life of professional field linguists as they document previously un-researched and un-documented languages. Come watch it with us and get to know your friendly neighbourhood linguistics society!

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FamiLing Meet & Greet

FamiLing is a peer support programme in the linguistics department. We will offer you help and support in the transition into University and in your first year linguistics courses. This is a great opportunity to meet the students organising the programme and the people that will be taking your classes!

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LangSoc Meet & Greet

Our informal meet and greet evening is a great chance for you to meet other students on your course both in your year and above and to get to know LangSoc, who we are, and what we do.

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Extra-Special LangSoc Lecture!



To celebrate a delegation of Dutch students visiting the University of Edinburgh, LangSoc is proud to present a special lecture in addition to our usual program! This lecture will be given by our very own Chris Cummins and will be about reasoning with numbers in language. His full abstract is as follows:
“There’s a substantial literature on the semantics and pragmatics of quantity expressions, including those involving number. This literature has only tangentially connected to the celebrated body of research on cognitive biases, which has been argued to show that humans are predictably irrational in certain aspects of reasoning. However, some pragmaticists have raised the concern that there are linguistic confounds in some of the most striking experimental demonstrations of human irrationality. In this talk I sketch some of the pragmatic inferences that are licensed by the use of expressions of numerical quantity, and consider how these might emerge in reasoning paradigms, and what implications this might have.”
Free entry for members, £2 for non-members. As always, we’ll be going to the pub afterwards — come along to socialise with Chris and with our guests!
Appleton Tower LT3 (NB! we’re in LT3 this time, not LT1 as usual) — 18:00 doors for a 18:15 start — Friday 20 November