This is an archive page; this conference occurred in May 2005.

The site for the 14mfm is available here.

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The 13th 
Manchester Phonology Meeting

With a special session entitled...
What is a phonological fact?
featuring Juliette Blevins, Bruce Hayes, Charles Reiss
Thursday 26th - Saturday 28th May 2005
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.

Supported by the British Academy and by the the Linguistics Association of Great Britain.

programme + info  ||  travel + accommodation  ||  registration + booking  ||  special session

The timetabled programme for the 13mfm is available in pdf form here; this also includes some other pieces of hopefully handy information.

The abstract booklet is available in pdf form here (rather large - 3MB).

A zipped version of the pdf abstract booklet is available here (sadly still rather large - 2MB).

The lists of participants is available in pdf form here.

Guidance for presenters
Numbers for handouts: in total, 100 people have registered for the conference, so there's no chance that you would need more handouts than that. However, not everyone is attending every session, and there are, of course, parallel sessions for the whole conference, apart from during the special session. Therefore, it seems 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, and we are intending for the poster display to be set up on Thursday evening, from 6.20 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.

Registration and booking
The conference is now fully booked. No more bookings for meals can be taken. The booking form is still available on a separate page for reference - to find it, click here. [link removed]

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 members of the organising committee and the advisory board. This will feature invited speakers and will conclude in an open discussion session when contributions from the audience will be very welcome.

What is a phonological fact?
Phonological structures and processes can be called into question as being specifically phonological in a number of ways. For several years now a current has developed in phonological theory in which increasing emphasis is placed on the role of specifically phonetic factors in determining the typology of sound systems. This has led some to question whether phonological structures and processes have specifically phonological causes at all, or whether they can be 'reduced' to the tendencies in the vocal tract, perception and other E-linguistic facts. Some of this work focuses principally on phonetic factors or on the role of historical reanalysis; other work engages in questions concerning the importance of E-linguistic effects, but still with a core interest in developing a model of I-language, along with an interface with phonetics; still other scholars reject phonetically-based approaches entirely, or largely. There are thus at least three positions in this argument: (a) phonetics-free phonology, (b) phonetic eliminative reductionism, (c) the belief that phonological knowledge is grounded in, but not reducible to, phonetics. Other questions also arise when we consider what counts as phonological facts - where does morphology stop and phonology start, for example? And what role should intuitions have in phonology, and how do they fare when compared with the role of physical or social facts? Such issues raise important questions for phonologists regarding what kind of phenomena should count as 'phonological', and how phonology should be done. Our speakers at the special session will address some of these, and other, issues, and members of the audience will be invited to contribute to the discussion.

Speakers (in alphabetical order)
Juliette Blevins (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany)
Bruce Hayes (UCLA, USA)
Charles Reiss (Concordia University, Canada)


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 (School of English Literature, Language, and Linguistics, University of Newcastle upon Tyne)
Wiebke Brockhaus-Grand (Department of German, University of Manchester)
Philip Carr (Departement d'anglais, Universite de Montpellier-Paul Valery / ERSS, Toulouse-Le Mirail )
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 (Newcastle upon Tyne)
John Harris (UCL)
Martin Kramer (Tromso)
Ken Lodge (UEA)
April McMahon (Edinburgh)
Marc van Oostendorp (Meertens Instituut)
Glyne Piggott (McGill)
Curt Rice (Tromso)
Catherine O. Ringen (Iowa)
Tobias Scheer (Nice)
James M Scobbie (QMUC)
Dan Silverman
Marilyn M. Vihman (Bangor)
Moira Yip (UCL)

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

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                                                                      Last updated May 2005