This is an archive page; this conference occurred in May 2004.

The site for the 13mfm is available here.

And here's an extract from Bert Botma's review of the 12mfm (published in the ULCL newsletter) - I think it gives a nice impression of what the mfm is meant to be like ...

"I had been to the mfm once before, in 2000, and ... there was only one room, populated mostly by phonologists who dabbled in dependency and government. Nowadays you can still find such people ... but you will also encounter a coloured variety of functionalists, mentalists, OT-ists, strict CV-ists, feature geometrists, acquisionists, sign phonologists, and what have you. And the great thing is: they all seemed to be getting along! This makes the mfm, in my opinion, one of the best conferences around."

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The 12th 
Manchester Phonology Meeting

With a special session on
Phonology and Loanword Adaptation
featuring Carole Paradis, Michael Kenstowicz, Moira Yip
Thursday 20th - Saturday 22nd May 2004
Held at Hulme Hall, Manchester
Organised through a collaboration of phonologists at the University of Edinburgh, the University of Manchester, the University of Newcastle upon Tyne,
the Universite Toulouse-Le Mirail, the Universite Montpellier-Paul Valery and elsewhere.


The programme and abstract booklet are available here (the programme also contains some handy final bits of information)

Also of interest to phonologists:
The Third North American Phonology Conference (NAPhC3)
Concordia University, May 20-23, 2004

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

We are pleased to announce the programme for the 12mfm, with a wide range of oral papers and posters. All people presenting at the mfm (apart from the invitees in the special session) and anyone else who would like to attend must fill out and return a booking form. Bookings are very welcome from people who simply want to attend the meeting without presenting a paper. 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...

Guidance for presenters
Numbers for handouts: in total, 110 people have registered for the conference, so there's no chance that you would need more handouts than that. However, the not everyone is attending every session, and there are, of course, parallel sessions for the whole conference, apart from during the special session. Therefore, I think it is unlikely that any normal session will have more than 60 people in it.

Notes for poster-presenters: the session is scheduled for 11.15 am to 1.00 pm on Friday 21st May, and we are intending for the poster display to be set up on Thursday evening, from 5.30 onwards, so that the posters will be ready for the session on Friday morning. You will have a space of about 5' (wide) x 3'9" (high) (152 cm wide x 114 cm high). Each person presenting a poster will be provided with a number of adhesive-backed Velcro spots for affixing their posters to the display board. Please plan your display bearing in mind that this is the only way of putting up your poster. Please feel free to bring handouts with you, so that those viewing your poster also have something to take away.

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
A special themed session has been organised for Friday afternoon by Ricardo Bermudez-Otero (Newcastle), Phil Carr (Montpellier) and Patrick Honeybone (Edinburgh). This will feature invited speakers and will conclude in an open discussion session when contributions from the audience will be very welcome.

Phonology and Loanword Adaptation
The facts of loanword adaptation are arguably crucial in phonology. The ways in which the phonological shapes of words are adapted when they are borrowed into languages have been claimed to provide a decisive source of evidence about the phonology of a borrower language. In this way, aspects of the interpretation of loanword effects have been claimed to illustrate the psycholinguistic reality of constraints on phonological forms, and some have argued that this is confirmation for the constraint-only approach of Optimality Theory; others argue that a careful inspection of the behaviour of loanwords shows that both constraints and rule-type generalisations are required, necessitating a more derivational phonological approach. It has also been claimed that loanword adaptation can shed light on other general phonological issues, such as the nature of auditory similarity among phonological structures and of relative perceptual salience; thus the behaviour of borrower-language speakers, when faced with choices as to which aspects of words' donor-language phonological form should be kept, and which rejected, can arguably shed light on these poorly understood aspects of universal phonological competence. Our speakers at the special session will address these, and other, issues, and members of the audience will be invited to contribute to the discussion.

Speakers (in alphabetical order)
Michael Kenstowicz (MIT, USA)
Carole Paradis (Universite Laval, Canada)
Moira Yip (University College London, UK)

Booking form
The full-price, all-inclusive conference fee is GBPounds 95.00 (for bookings received by 5th May 2004). Packages excluding one or more meals are also available at a reduced rate. Students and unwaged participants pay the reduced rate of GBP 50.00 (for bookings received by 5th May 2004) 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 find 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.


Organising Committee
The first named is the convenor and 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)131 651 1838).

Patrick Honeybone (English Language, Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, University of Edinburgh)
Ricardo Bermudez-Otero (Department of English Literary & Linguistic Studies, University of Newcastle upon Tyne)
Wiebke Brockhaus-Grand (Department of German, University of Manchester)
Philip Carr (Departement d'anglais, Universite de Montpellier - Paul Valery)
Jacques Durand (ERSS, UMR 5610 & UFR du Monde Anglophone, Universite de Toulouse - Le Mirail)
Nigel Vincent (Department of Linguistics, University of Manchester)

Advisory Board
Jill Beckman (Iowa)
Mike Davenport (Durham)
Daniel L. Everett (Manchester)
Paul Foulkes (York)
S.J. Hannahs (Durham)
John Harris (UCL)
Larry Hyman (Berkeley)
Martin Kramer (Ulster)
April McMahon (Sheffield)
Marc van Oostendorp (Meertens Instituut)
Glyne Piggott (McGill)
Catherine O. Ringen (Iowa)
Tobias Scheer (Nice)
James M Scobbie (QMUC)
Dan Silverman (Illinois, Edinburgh)
Moira Yip (UCL)

The site is hosted by the department of English Language at the University of Edinburgh.

Page created by Patrick Honeybone
                                                                      Last updated May 2004