This is an archive page; this conference occurred in May 2014.

The site for the 23mfm is available here.

The 22nd 
Manchester Phonology Meeting

With a special session on
featuring Iris Berent, Louis Goldstein, Nancy Hall and Christian Uffmann
Thursday 29th - Saturday 31st May 2014
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  ||  booking for the conference  ||  special session

 The final programme for the 22mfm, which includes information about printing opportunities and other things, and maps with information about the evening meals, is available here:

22mfm programme

The abstracts booklet is available here:

22mfm abstracts booklet

The list of participants in the conference is available here:

22mfm list of participants

Registration will begin at 11.30 on Thursday 29th May. Check the programme for other timings.

There will be a get-together on the night of Wednesday 27th 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 65 handouts for the parallel sessions. We expect 120 participants overall, but some are only attending part of the conference.

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. We advise you to bring your own laptop if you are using the data projector to avoid compatibility problems. 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 a display board or to wall space. 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 (we recommend landscape, rather than portrait if you do this), 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:

Booking was possible until the end of the the working day on 26th May, and is no longer possible. Contact with any queries.

Cancellation policy: we will endeavour to refund any fees paid if you cancel by 22nd May. Any cancellations after 22nd 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 30th 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.


Epenthesis is a microcosm of phonology, illustrating the way in which factors of various sorts have been argued to interact in the genesis of phonological patterns. Some epenthetic segments have been claimed to originate in strategies of gestural phasing that respond to articulatory difficulties: in several Romance varieties, for example, the antagonism between the lingual configurations for [s] and [r] gives rise to epenthetic stops in items like [izdraele] 'Israel'. In other cases, epenthesis has been claimed to be motivated primarily by perceptual factors: for example, in illusory vowels in loanword adaptation, as when a Japanese listener hears a (devoiced) vowel after the released [k] in Russian [tak] 'so'. Furthermore, markedness considerations have been argued to be at play in determining precisely which segments can be epenthesised in particular phonological environments. Regardless of origin, however, epenthesis processes can come to serve overarching structural generalizations in the language: Yawelmani provides a celebrated example, in which [i]-epenthesis conspires with morphologically restricted consonant deletion and other processes in ensuring exhaustive syllabification. Whilst many phonologists may concede that a range of factors play a role in bringing about segment insertion, there is no general consensus on how to integrate them into a unified overall account of epenthesis. Some approaches posit modular architectures of grammar, in which discrete phonological categories and their continuous articulatory and auditory realizations are encoded at different levels of representation. Other theories import phonetic information into categorical phonology, either in the shape of gesture-based phonological representations or of phonological constraints referring to perceptual discriminability. Similarly, there is no agreement on the extent to which autonomous phonological principles and representations retain an explanatory role: thus, we may agree that a certain instance of epenthesis serves to attain phonotactic well- formedness, and yet not agree on whether the relevant phonotactic generalization should be stated in terms of syllable structure, sonority scales, etc.

The participants in this special session will address such important issues on the basis of a range of instances of epenthesis in the languages of the world, and other relevant data.

Invited speakers (in alphabetical order)

Iris Berent (Northeastern University)
Louis Goldstein (University of Southern California)
Nancy Hall (California State University, Long Beach)
Christian Uffmann (University of Duesseldorf)


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)
Yuni Kim (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)
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 (Duesseldorf)
Sophie Wauquier (Paris 8)
Local Helpers
Fernanda Barrientos Contreras
Michaela Hejna
Wendell Kimper
Danielle Turton

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