This is an archive page; this conference occurred in May 2007.

The site for the 16mfm is available here.

The 15th 
Manchester Phonology Meeting

With a special session entitled...
featuring Ricardo Bermudez-Otero, Mirjam Ernestus,
 John McCarthy and Glyne Piggott

Thursday 24th - Saturday 26th May 2007
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.

For information about the mfm and its history and background, see the mfm homepage.
This year, we're celebrating 15 years of mfms!

Enabled by a grant from the Linguistics Association of Great Britain and by kind financial support from the University of Konstanz. 

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


The full programme for the 15mfm is available here (with details about the venue and evening meals and such things). 

[You can read about the mfm abstract selection process here (this link takes you to part of the FAQ on the mfm homepage).]

The abstract booklet is available here [NB: this is rather a large file - 7 MB].

The list of participants is available here.

Registration will start at at Hulme Hall at 11.30 on Thursday 24th May. The Thursday midday meal will start at 12.00, and the main conference events will start at 12.45. The conference will finish at 5.45pm on Saturday 26th May. There will be two poster sessions with different sets of posters (on Friday and Saturday morning), and there will be two parallel sessions for talks throughout, apart from during the poster sessions and the special session.

Guidance for presenters
There are nearly 110 people registered for the conference, so you may want to bring around 60 handouts (it's impossible to predict exactly how many people will be in any one session, of course...).

Notes for oral-paper-presenters: There will be an OHP in both rooms, but there will only a data projector in one of the rooms: the Old Dining Hall. 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, because it would be very expensive to pay for one, so, if you are using a computer for your talk, please make sure that you try out your presentation beforehand, in a meal or coffee break. 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.

Notes for poster-presenters: The poster displays will be set up on the evening before the poster session that you are scheduled for. 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 and does not have too much text on it, 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 taken.

Some of you will probably also want to stay in Manchester during the evening of Saturday (26th). For those that do, it might be nice to meet up for a post-conference meal. Jill Beckman has kindly agreed to organise a trip to a restaurant for the Saturday evening - this will be to Genghis Khan's Stir Fry Restaurant in the centre of Manchester. For anyone who would like to come along, please email Jill ( by *May 16th* at the latest, and she will book a table. You will need to pay for this separately and it cannot be booked using the booking form.

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. The speakers at the session (in alphabetical order) are:

Ricardo Bermudez-Otero (University of Manchester)
Mirjam Ernestus (Radboud University Nijmegen & Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics)
John McCarthy (University of Massachusetts)
Glyne Piggott (McGill University)

Session description: Where is allomorphy?

Where in the grammar do allomorphic alternations originate? The past few decades have witnessed extreme differences of opinion in the answer to this question: whereas SPE set itself the task of deriving as much allomorphy as possible by means of phonological rules, functionalist models emphasize pattern association in the lexicon. In practice, many phonologists assume a fine-grained taxonomy of alternations, where some arise in the lexicon, some are generated by morphological processes, and some are triggered by phonological constraints. However, this position requires one to formulate explicit demarcation criteria, which typically shift in line with one's phonological assumptions. Within the generative paradigm, for example, the rise of Optimality Theory has changed the division of labour between phonology and morphology: if phonology is constrained not only by formal principles (e.g. locality) but also by naturalness requirements (i.e. markedness), the province of morphology would appear to expand. But have phonologists paid enough attention to the other side of the interface? Are their working assumptions about morphology tenable?

Morphological and syntactic conditions on phonological processes pose further questions. Lexical Phonology and Morphology relies on the cycle and Bracket Erasure to restrict the availability of morphological information in the phonology. This is supplemented with further restrictions such as the Indirect Reference Hypothesis, which, at the postlexical level, allows syntax to influence phonology only by conditioning phonological phrasing. In parallelist versions of Optimality Theory, in contrast, it has typically been assumed that all grammatical structure is simultaneously accessible to phonology. In this context, the task of limiting the uses to which the phonology can put this grammatical information devolves upon the theory of CON. Has there been progress in this area?

Another point of contention is the role of paradigms in controlling allomorphy. Both Lexical Morphology and Distributed Morphology deny the existence of paradigms as linguistic primitives, and assert that the computation of the phonological form of a linguistic expression is solely conditioned by the internal grammatical structure of that expression. In contrast, parallelist versions of OT and usage-based approaches assign an irreducible role to relationships of transderivational correspondence within paradigms. What are the arguments for and against each of these positions?


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)
 Philip Carr (Universite de Montpellier-Paul Valery / ERSS, Toulouse-Le Mirail )
 Jacques Durand (Universite de Toulouse-Le Mirail)

Advisory Board
 Jill Beckman (Iowa) 
Bert Botma (Leiden)
Mike Davenport (Durham)
 Daniel L. Everett (Illinois State)
 Paul Foulkes (York)
 S.J. Hannahs (Newcastle upon Tyne)
John Harris (UCL)
 Kristine A. Hildebrandt (Manchester)
 Martin Kramer (Tromso)
 Ken Lodge (UEA)
Aditi Lahiri (Konstanz)
 Marc van Oostendorp (Meertens Instituut)
 Glyne Piggott (McGill)
Curt Rice (Tromso)
 Catherine O. Ringen (Iowa)
 Tobias Scheer (Nice)
 James M. Scobbie (QMUC)
Daniel Silverman (McGill)
 Marilyn M. Vihman (York)
 Moira Yip (UCL)

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