This is an archive page; this conference occurred in May 2003.

The site for the 12mfm is available here.

...the North West Centre for Linguistics presents...
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The 11th 
Manchester Phonology Meeting

Thursday 22nd - Saturday 24th May 2003

With financial support from the British Academy and the Linguistics Association of Great Britain

programme  ||  travel/accommodation  ||  special session  ||  booking form

We are pleased to announce the programme for the 11mfm, with a wide range of full papers and posters. All speakers (apart from the invitees in the special session) and anyone else who would like to attend must fill out and return a booking form (see below). Due to the number of high quality abstracts submitted, there are parallel sessions again this year; where possible, these parallel sessions are themed. The programme is available on a separate page - to see it, click here. The programme is relatively fixed now, although some slight alterations may still occur...

Travel and accommodation
Detailed information on accommodation possibilities and on how to get to the conference (with a selection of maps) are provided on separate pages:

Special session
In addition to the general sessions, which feature papers on a wide range of phonological, phonetic and associated disciplines, a special themed session has been organised for Friday afternoon by Ricardo Bermúdez-Otero (Newcastle),Patrick Honeybone (Edge Hill) and Nigel Vincent (Manchester). This will feature invited speakers and will conclude in an open discussion session when contributions from the audience will be very welcome.

Historical Phonology and Phonological Theory
Historical perspectives have long helped to shape phonological theory, and historical phonologists have long sought to test the validity of theoretical models using data from phonological change. There is, for example, a long tradition of enquiry that uses evidence from historical change (e.g. processes of lenition) to probe the nature and structure of phonological representations.. The importance that theoretical phonologists have placed on historical data has varied over the years, but it is currently proving to be uniquely relevant to theoretical debates in several phonological fields. Diachronic evidence has a direct bearing on the nature and status of markedness constraints, which take on a central role in the phonological grammar in the model of Optimality Theory; however, several critics of OT have argued that markedness generalizations are in fact mere epiphenomena of recurrent processes of diachronic change, and, as these are driven by performance factors, they should be excluded from 'phonology' proper. For other authors, these performance factors are the direct base of phonology. It is also the case that the rise of strictly parallel approaches to the morphology-phonology interface, such as OT, has posed a challenge to long-accepted views of the life cycle of phonological patterns, according to which rules tend to rise from lower to higher phonological strata in the course of their historical evolution. These are some of the issues that will be addressed in the session, along with the discussion of our speakers' diachronic data.

Speakers (in alphabetical order):
Mark Hale (Concordia)
Paul Kiparsky (Stanford)
Aditi Lahiri (Konstanz)
April McMahon (Sheffield)

Booking form
The conference fee is GBPounds 90.00 (for bookings received by 8th May 2003). Packages excluding one or more meals are also available at a reduced rate. Students and unwaged participants pay the reduced rate of GBP 45.00 (for bookings received by 8th May 2003) for the full conference package. The conference fee does not cover accommodation, which we are asking you to book yourself (please use the information on the accommodation page to make your own arrangements).

The booking form is available on a separate page - to see it, click here [link removed]. Please print out that page, complete it and return it by post or fax as soon as possible. All participants in the conference (apart from the invitees in the special session) must return a booking form.

This is the mfm organising committee. The first named is the main organiser - if you would like to attend or if you have any queries about the conference, please feel free to get in touch with me (, or phone  +44 (0)1695 584244).

Page created by Patrick Honeybone
                                                                      Last updated 14th April 2003