The 24th 
Manchester Phonology Meeting

With a special session entitled
featuring William Idsardi, Janet Pierrehumbert and Sharon Rose
Thursday 26th - Saturday 28th May 2016
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 workshop entitled 'Computation and learnability in phonological theory' (organised by Jeffrey Heinz, Giorgio Magri and William Idsardi),
which is not part of the mfm, but is timed to fit around it, on Wednesday 25th May.

As you may be aware, the UCU (the union for academic staff in the UK) has called a strike on 25th and 26th May over the employers' latest pay offer. The organisers of the mfm support this call, but do not feel that strike action should prevent attendance at or organisation of the mfm. We do not view organising it as part of our work for the universities that employ us - indeed conference organisation is not included in our official workload calculations. The mfm is not organised by or for the benefit of any university, but for the benefit of phonologists across the world, and cancelling or disrupting it would only hurt phonologists, not the university administration against whom the strike has been called. The mfm is held at Hulme Hall, where the the admin staff are not involved in the strike.

NB: there will be some diversions along Oxford Road, which is the main road connecting central Manchester and Hulme Hall. Do allow a little more time than in previous years to travel to Hulme Hall, and consult the advice on the travel page.

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

The final version of the programme for the 24mfm (which includes information about the facilities at Hulme Hall and some maps) is available here:

24mfm programme

The abstracts booklet for the 24mfm (the file is 9.5 MB so may take a while to download) is available here:

24mfm abstracts booklet

The list of participants in the conference is here:

24mfm list of participants

Registration will begin at 11.30 on Thursday 26th May. The midday meal on the 26th begins at 12.00 and the conference proper begins at 12.45. The conference will finish around 5.15 on Saturday 28th May.

As in previous years, the conference venue will be the Hulme Hall lecture suite in Manchester, which is located just south of the city centre and is easily accessible by public transport or on foot. Details of how to get there are given here.

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. We advise you 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 in the evening before your poster session - so please bring your poster the day before you are due to present. You will be allocated a poster board with these dimensions: 210cm high x 120cm wide. 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 (do note the dimensions of the poster board given above 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 other conference participants walk around the displays, read your poster and ask you questions about it.

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 15th May, and is no longer possible. Contact with any queries.

Cancellation policy: we will endeavour to refund any fees paid if you cancel by 16th May. Any cancellations after 16th 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 27th May by members of the organising committee and the advisory board. This will feature the invited speakers and invited discussant listed below, and will also allow for open discussion when contributions from the audience will be very welcome.

Invited speakers (in alphabetical order)

William Idsardi (University of Maryland)
Janet Pierrehumbert (University of Oxford)
Sharon Rose (University of California, San Diego)

Evidence in phonology
We aim to provide an opportunity for our invited speakers and audience to reflect on the status of the various types of data that have been used in phonological argumentation, in the light of both recent developments and classic concerns. Specifically, we invite our speakers to address some of the following questions:

Invited discussant

Adam Albright (MIT)


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)
Silke Hamann (Amsterdam)
 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)
 Patrycja Strycharczuk (QMU)
Nina Topintzi (Thessaloniki)
 Jochen Trommer (Leipzig)
Christian Uffmann (Duesseldorf)
Sophie Wauquier (Paris 8)

Michael Ramsammy (Edinburgh)
Organisatory Helpers
Fernanda Barrientos Contreras (Manchester)
Deepthi Gopal (Manchester)
Wendell Kimper (Manchester)
Stephen Nichols (Manchester)
Jade Jorgen Sandstedt (Edinburgh)

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                                                                      Last updated May 2016