This is an archive page; this conference occurred in May 2015.

The site for the 24mfm is available here.

The 23rd 
Manchester Phonology Meeting

With a special session on
featuring Marie-Helene Cote, Adamantios Gafos, Bridget Samuels
Peter Szigetvari
Thursday 28th - Saturday 30th May 2015
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. 

You might also be interested in the mfm FRINGE meeting entitled W(h)ither OT, which is not part of the mfm, but is timed to fit around it, on Wednesday 27th May.

With support from the LAGB

programme and presenter info  ||  travel and accommodation  ||  booking for the conference  ||  special session

The final programme for the 23mfm (which includes information about the facilities at Hulme Hall and some maps) is available here:

23mfm programme

The abstracts booklet is available here:

23mfm abstracts booklet

The list of participants in the conference is here:

23mfm list of participants

Registration will begin at 11.30 on Thursday 28th May and the conference will finish around 5pm on Saturday 30th May.

Guidance for presenters
It is unlikely that speakers will need more than 60 handouts for the parallel sessions. We expect around 110 participants overall, but not everyone will be present all the time.

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. Hulme Hall have just told us that we need to order new poster boards for this year. These have the following dimensions: 2.1m high x 1.2m wide. This is somewhat different to what we had been told originally, so do let us know if you think this will be a problem. (We imagine that it shouldn't be a problem, but do let us know if so.) 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 (we recommend landscape/horizontal, rather than portrait/vertical 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 19th 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 entitled 'Syllables' has been organised for Friday 29th May by members of the organising committee and the advisory board. This will feature the invited speakers listed below, and will also allow for open discussion when contributions from the audience will be very welcome.

Syllables and syllable boundaries - what are they or what should we replace them with? We are hoping that our invited speakers will address questions like the following: Does phonology need syllables and/or syllabic constituents and boundaries? If so, do all languages have them? If we assume so, how are they interpreted or instantiated in representational terms? Do they exist in the lexicon? And are syllable boundaries crisp? If we assume not, what should we do with the kind of generalisations that have been talked about in syllabic terms? Furthermore, what are the implications of articulatory studies of gestural phasing for our understanding of syllables?

Invited speakers (in alphabetical order)

Marie-Helene Cote (Universite Laval)
Adamantios Gafos (University of Potsdam)
Bridget Samuels (Pomona College)
Peter Szigetvari (Eotvos Lorand University)


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)
 Tobias Scheer (Nice)
 James M. Scobbie (QMU)
Jennifer L. Smith (UNC)
Nina Topintzi (Thessaloniki)
 Jochen Trommer (Leipzig)
Christian Uffmann (Duesseldorf)
Sophie Wauquier (Paris 8)

Michael Ramsammy (Edinburgh)
Local Helpers
Fernanda Barrientos Contreras (Manchester)
Amanda Cardoso (Edinburgh)
Michaela Hejna (Manchester)
Deepthi Gopal (Manchester)
Wendell Kimper (Manchester)
Jane Scanlon (Manchester)

The site is hosted by the Department of Linguistics and English Language at the University of Edinburgh.

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                                                                      Last updated May 2015