This is an archive page; this conference occurred in May 2006.

The site for the 15mfm is available here.

The 14th 
Manchester Phonology Meeting

With a special session entitled...
Fieldwork and phonological theory
featuring Dan Everett, Larry Hyman, Keren Rice

In light of the recent sad news of the death of Peter Ladefoged, and the theme of this year's special session, the 14mfm is dedicated to his memory
Thursday 25th - Saturday 27th May 2006
Held at Hulme Hall, Manchester
Organised through a collaboration of phonologists at the University of Edinburgh, the University of Manchester, 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.

The mfm now has a homepage, with details of its history and background.

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


The full programme (with various bits of information and the abstacts for the special session) is available in pdf form here.

The abstract booklet is available in pdf form here (rather large: 4MB). 

A zipped version of the pdf abstract booklet is available here (sadly still rather large: 3MB).

The list of participants is available here

Registration will start at 11.30 in the foyer of the main building of Hulme Hall. The conference proper will start at 12.00 on Thursday 25th May, with a midday meal, and the talks will start at 12.45. The conference will finish at 5.45pm on Saturday 27th May. There will be two poster sessions with different sets of posters (on Friday and Saturday morning), and two parallel sessions for talks throughout, apart from during the poster sessions and the special session.

Guidance for presenters
In total, 111 people are registered for the 14mfm, but not everyone will be attending for the whole conference. We therefore advise people that it would be unlikely that they would need more than 60 handouts for a standard talk or poster presentation.

Notes for oral-paper-presenters: You will have a 30 minute slot for your presentation and you can choose whether you would rather have 20 minutes to talk and 10 minutes for questions, or 25 minutes to talk and 5 minutes for questions. There will be an OHP in both rooms, but there will only a data projector and computer speakers in one of the two rooms - only those talks in the shaded column in the programme will be able to use a data projector and/or speakers. You will need to bring your own laptop if you are using the data projector, and we encourage you to bring handouts, too. There will not be a technician available during the conference to help with computer-assisted presentations. 

Notes for poster-presenters: The poster displays should be set up on the evening before the relevant poster session. You will have a space of about 5' (wide) x 3'9" (high) (152 cm wide x 114 cm high) for your poster. Each person presenting a poster will be provided with the means to affix their posters to the display board. Please feel free to bring handouts with you, so that those viewing your poster also have something to take away. Posters in previous years have taken a wide variety of forms, and there is no one single way to produce a good poster; the important things are that the font size is not too small, that it is easily readable, that it sets out the main points that you want to argue for clearly, and maybe that it's eye catching, too. Some presenters bring one big poster which takes up all the space, others bring a series of A3 or A4 sheets of paper which can be fitted together on the poster board. During your poster session, you will be asked to stand by your poster (for at least a fair amount of the session) as conference participants walk around the displays, read your posters and ask you questions about them.

Registration and booking
No more bookings can now be processed, given that the 5th May deadline is passed. If you would still like to come to the 14mfm, please email immediately. We may be able to fit you in, but this may not now be possible.

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.

Fieldwork and Phonology Theory
Phonological theory and fieldwork maintain a symbiotic relationship that has enriched both during their histories. On the one hand, data and analyses from the field have enabled phonological theory to develop a broader and more in-depth understanding of the nature of the knowledge of human sound systems by extending the "parameters of the possible" from those that might be hypothesized from, say, European languages alone. Yet on the other hand, phonological theory has equipped fieldworkers with, arguably, ever more useful and insightful questions with which to interrogate the sound systems of the world's languages. The purpose of this special session is to consider ways in which both phonological theory and field research can continue and strengthen this important symbiosis in the 21st century, an era of improved speech analysis technology, easier travel, greater and more empowered participation from native speakers in field research, and a wider range of theoretical models based on an ever-widening range of languages. Some of the papers in this session will focus on new empirical results that illustrate the need for and means of developing greater interactions between field research and theoretical phonology. Questions that will be asked in this session include those like the following: (i) how can linguistic training better equip future linguists to be both theoreticians and fieldworkers, undermining the idea that these need be different people? (ii) how should developments in theoretical research, such as Optimality Theory, Dispersion Theory, Government Phonology and Articulatory Phonology, affect field research? (iii) how can new technology have an impact on the methodology of fieldwork? (iv) how is ongoing fieldwork affecting theoretical research in nontrivial ways? what are some current examples? Papers in the session will also address the logically prior crucial question: what is phonological field research?

Speakers (in alphabetical order)
Dan Everett (University of Manchester, UK)
 Larry Hyman (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
 Keren Rice (University of Toronto, Canada)

Peter Ladefoged
In light of the recent sad news of the death of Peter Ladefoged, the organisers of the Manchester Phonology Meeting ('mfm') would like to dedicate this meeting to his memory, to show our great respect for his work. We feel that this is especially appropriate as the meeting will feature a special session on 'Fieldwork and Phonological Theory'. Ladefoged's contribution to the development of phonological fieldwork and thus to our knowledge of the phonology of the world's languages is, of course, immeasurable.

As well as the invited speakers on the topic (Dan Everett, Larry Hyman and Keren Rice), the 14mfm will also feature a discussion of Ladefoged's approach and contribution to fieldwork, led by Dan Everett and Jacques Durand, and a collection for the Endangered Languages Fund, following the request that donations be made to ELF in his memory.


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 (University of Edinburgh)
 Ricardo Bermudez-Otero (University of Manchester)
 Wiebke Brockhaus-Grand (University of Manchester)
 Philip Carr (Universite de Montpellier-Paul Valery / ERSS, Toulouse-Le Mirail )
 Jacques Durand (Universite de Toulouse-Le Mirail)

Advisory Board
 Jill Beckman (Iowa)
Mike Davenport (Durham)
 Daniel L. Everett (Manchester)
 Paul Foulkes (York)
 S.J. Hannahs (Newcastle upon Tyne)
John Harris (UCL)
 Kristine A. Hildebrandt (Manchester)
 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)
Daniel Silverman
 Marilyn M. Vihman (Bangor)
 Moira Yip (UCL)

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