This is an archive page; this conference occurred in May 2013.

The site for the 22mfm is available here.

The 21st 
Manchester Phonology Meeting

With a special session entitled...
featuring Andrew Nevins, Douglas Pulleyblank,
Miklos Torkenczy and Rachel Walker 
Thursday 23rd - Saturday 25th May 2013
Held at Hulme Hall, Manchester
Organised through a collaboration of phonologists at the University of Edinburgh, the University of Manchester and elsewhere.

For information about the mfm and its history and background, see the mfm homepage.

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

The final programme, including details about the evening meals and some information about Hulme Hall and the shops and pubs in the vicinity, is available here:

21mfm programme 

The abstracts booklet is avilable here:

21mfm abstracts booklet

Registration will begin at 11.30 on Thursday 23rd May. Check the programme for other timings.

There will be a get-together on the night of Wednesday 22nd from around 7.30pm in the Lass O’Gowrie pub (36 Charles Street, M1 7DB), organised by Yuni Kim. Feel free to turn up from 7.30 onwards.

Guidance for presenters
It is unlikely that speakers will need more than 60 handouts for the parallel sessions. We expect around 100 participants overall.

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 a data projector and computer speakers in both rooms, although we encourage you to bring handouts even if you are projecting your presentation. You will need to bring your own laptop if you are using the data projector. 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. 

Notes for poster-presenters: The poster displays will be set up on the evening before the 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 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.

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:

Registration and booking
Booking was possible until the end of 21st May, and is no longer possible.

Cancellation policy: we will endeavour to refund any fees paid if you cancel by 14th May. Any cancellations after 14th May may not able to be fully refunded as we will have committed to certain payments on your behalf.

Special session
A special themed session is being organised for Friday 24th May by members of the organising committee and the advisory board. This will feature invited speakers, including those listed below, and will allow for open discussion when contributions from the audience will be very welcome.

Harmony in Phonology
Long-distance segmental dependencies have long attracted phonologists' attention, and analyses of Vowel Harmony have been proposed in a wide range of frameworks. Data of this type has been fundamental in the development of representational models, and a number of OT and emergentist approaches have arisen to make sense of cases of harmony. A range of questions have arisen in such work, including the following: Do the phenomena involve the spreading or sharing of subsegmental material, or is it a matter of feature agreement? Does what happens in Vowel Harmony have an analogue in Consonant Harmony, or are the phenomena that have been considered under these names fundamentally different? How should blocking effects and transparency be accounted for and what implications do they have? Have we missed generalisations in traditional analyses of harmonic data? The speakers in this session will address such questions as these, among others.

Invited speakers (in alphabetical order)

Andrew Nevins (University College London)
Douglas Pulleyblank (University of British Columbia)
Miklos Torkenczy (Eotvos Lorand University)
Rachel Walker (University of Southern California)


Organising Committee
The first named is the convenor and main organiser - if you have any queries about the conference, feel free to get in touch (

 Patrick Honeybone (University of Edinburgh)
 Ricardo Bermudez-Otero (University of Manchester)

Advisory Board
Adam Albright (MIT)
 Jill Beckman (Iowa) 
 Paul Boersma (Amsterdam)
Bert Botma (Leiden)
Mike Davenport (Durham) 
Stuart Davis (Indiana)
Laura J. Downing (Gothenburg)
 Mark Hale (Concordia)
 S.J. Hannahs (Newcastle upon Tyne)
 Kristine A. Hildebrandt (Southern Illinois)
 Martin Kramer (Tromso) 
Yuni Kim (Manchester)
Nancy Kula (Essex) 
Aditi Lahiri (Oxford)
Nabila Louriz (Hassan II, Casablanca)
Joan Mascaro (UAB)
Kuniya Nasukawa (Tohoku Gakuin)
 Marc van Oostendorp (Meertens & Leiden)
 Catherine O. Ringen (Iowa)
 Tobias Scheer (Nice)
 James M. Scobbie (QMU)
Daniel Silverman (San Jose State)
 Jochen Trommer (Leipzig)
Christian Uffmann (Sussex)
Sophie Wauquier (Paris 8)
Local Helpers
James Brookes (Manchester)
Amanda Cardoso (Edinburgh)
Richard Gilbert (Manchester)
Michaela Hejna (Manchester)
Yuni Kim (Manchester)
Wendell Kimper (Manchester)
Chris McCall-Twentyman (Manchester)
Michael Ramsammy (Manchester) 
Marton Soskuthy (Edinburgh)
Danielle Turton (Manchester)

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                                                                      Last updated May 2013