Manchester Phonology Meeting
With a special session on
featuring Birgit Alber, Mark Donohue and a set of discussants
For information about the mfm and its history and background, see the mfm homepage.
There will be a wine party on the evening on the 25th May to celebrate the fact that this is the 25th (!) silver-jubilee (!) mfm.
NEW: Koen Sebregts' presentation on 'Twenty-five years of the mfm, twenty-five years of phonology'.
There will also be a separately-organised fringe workshop on Ternarity in English, run by the Phonological Theory Agora on Wednesday 24th May.
The programme for the 25mfm, with all presentations scheduled, is available here:
The abstracts booklet is available here:
The list of participants in the conference is here:
will begin at 11.30 on
May, and the midday meal begins at 12.00. The conference proper begins at 12.45 on the 25th and will finish around 5pm on Saturday 27th 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.
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. If you are bringing handouts, it is unlikely that speakers will need more than 60 handouts for the parallel sessions. We expect around 120 participants overall, but not everyone will be present all the time. 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.
poster displays will be set up on the evening before the poster
session. 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
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. Our advice is: don't have too much text, and do
include diagrams or other graphics as they can be easier for an
audience to take in. Some presenters bring one big poster which takes
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
together on the poster board. In the past, horizontal (landscape)
posters have worked better than vertical (portrait) ones, but it's fine
to go with vertical (portrait) if you need the space. During your
poster session, you will be
stand by your poster (for at least a fair amount of the session) as
participants walk around the displays, read your poster and ask you
about it. There are a number of options to print posters near Hulme Hall: MuPrint (in between the town centre and Hulme Hall) has been recommended, and there is also a branch of Mail Boxes Etc near Hulme Hall (6 Wilmslow Road),
which some people have used in previous years. We cannot guarantee that
these businesses will be able to do what you need, so we advise you to check with them in advance if
you are planning to use them. It is possible in principle to email or
upload a file to MuPrint, so you may be able to arrange to have
material ready and waiting for you.
information on accommodation possibilities and on how to get to the
conference (with a selection of maps) are provided on separate pages:
- the travel and directions page is available here [also with links to information on Manchester and its many attractions]
- advice on where to stay in Manchester is available here
Booking was possible until the end of 15th May, and is no longer possible. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Should phonologists do typology? Phonologists have long sought to test their hypotheses on the widest possible set of languages, and OT has made factorial typologies an explicit part of testing analyses, but the set of languages considered in such work is often limited in practice and geographically biased. Would it change our notion of the ‘canon’ of data to be explained, or of what is marked and unmarked, if we aim to base generalisations on a representative sample of languages? Which aspects of phonological systems are most (or least) amenable for typological research? Is it actually important, though, how frequently a particular phenomenon occurs in languages? Should we account for what is probable in phonology, or only worry about what is possible, so that rare patterns are as informative as common ones? Or should we even conclude that typology is undermined by the fact that it can only consider those languages which exist, not those which could exist? If phonologists should be doing typology, how should it be done? Inductively via large databases, or deductively via formal tools such as factorial typologies, or both? What are the results of typological study? Are there absolute universals in phonology? Or only statistical likelihoods? What kinds of explanations should we adopt for these results - functional or formal accounts? The invited speakers and discussants in this session will address these and other related questions.
Michael Ramsammy (University of Edinburgh)
Adam Albright (MIT)
Jill Beckman (Iowa)
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)
Tobias Scheer (Nice)
James M. Scobbie (QMU)
Jennifer L. Smith (UNC)
Nina Topintzi (Thessaloniki)
Jochen Trommer (Leipzig)
Francesc Torres-Tamarit (Paris 8)
Christian Uffmann (Duesseldorf)
Ruben van de Vijver (Duesseldorf)
Sophie Wauquier (Paris 8)
Draga Zec (Cornell)
Elizabeth Zsiga (Georgetown)
Stefano Coretta (Manchester)
Stephen Nichols (Manchester)
Jade Jorgen Sandstedt (Edinburgh)
Jane Scanlon (Manchester)
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