The 26th
Manchester Phonology Meeting

With a special session entitled
SPE at 50: what remains?
In memoriam Morris Halle
featuring Silke Hamann, David Odden and Anne-Michelle Tessier

Thursday 24th - Saturday 26th May 2018

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.

There will also be a separately-organised Fringe Workshop on Wednesday 23rd May entitled
Phonological Solutions to Morphological Problems,

organised by Heather Newell and Shanti Ulfsbjorninn.

  programme  ||  travel and accommodation  ||  booking  ||  organisers


The programme for the 26mfm, with all presentations scheduled and some other information about the conference, is available here:

26mfm programme

The abstracts booklet is available here:

26mfm abstracts booklet

The list of participants in the conference is here:

26mfm list of participants

Registration for the mfm will begin at 11.30 on Thursday 24th May and the conference will finish around 5.00pm on Saturday 26th 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, as described on the travel page.

Guidance for presenters
It is unlikely that speakers will need more than 60 handouts for the parallel sessions. We expect around 100 participants overall, but will update this nearer the conference date.

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 (simply tell the chair of your session which you would like). 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 be allocated a poster board with these dimensions: 210cm high x 120cm wide, although you certainly should not aim to cover this space. Each person presenting a poster will be provided with the means to affix the poster 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. 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 it. Some presenters bring one big poster (do note the dimensions of the poster board given above if you do this - don't make it too wide), 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 stay by your poster (for at least a fair amount of the session) as other conference participants go 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 18th May, and is no longer possible. Contact patrick.honeybone@ed.ac.uk with any queries.

Cancellation policy: we will endeavour to refund any fees paid if you cancel by 18th May. Any cancellations after 18th 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 25th May by members of the organising committee and the advisory board. This will feature invited speakers, as listed below, and will allow for open discussion when contributions from the audience will be very welcome.

SPE at 50: what remains?
In memoriam Morris Halle
The Sound Pattern of English appeared in 1968, fifty years ago. The book laid out a comprehensive theory of phonology, formulating and developing hypotheses in most areas of the discipline, including phonological representations, phonological derivations, the relationship between phonology and other components of grammar, phonological acquisition, phonological typology, and phonological change. Many of the ideas proposed or elaborated in SPE went on to become everyday tools of the trade for phonologists: a widely used theory of segmental features, rewrite rules, extrinsic rule ordering, morpheme structure constraints, boundary symbols, the transformational cycle, markedness statements, the evaluation measure, etc. It is thus not surprising that, since its publication, SPE has repeatedly provided a reference point for phonological argumentation, with phonologists often presenting they work either as a direct continuation, a partial reformation, or a direct rejection of the SPE programme.

At the distance of half a century, this special session is intended to offer a chance to reflect on how the field now views SPE: what remains? Is the abstractness possible in SPE's derivations a good thing? Are multi-stage derivations necessary? Are multiple levels? Should we retain or return to the phonological rule? (And if so, then what are rules and how are they constrained?) Or have phonological targets and effects been rightly and irrevocably separated? Are the analyses proposed in SPE learnable? Have models proposed since SPE improved in terms of learnability? Where should we stand in terms of representations: return to the simple binary features of SPE, or retain the enriched representations that emerged in late twentieth century phonology, or do something else entirely? Where does markedness now stand? SPE covered a lot of ground: are there ideas that have fallen from view that should be reintroduced into phonology? The invited participants in this session will address some of these and other related questions.

This session has been cast in a sad light, given the news of
Morris Halle's death on 2nd April. The session is now dedicated to his memory and will feature some commemoration of his overall contribution to phonology.

Invited speakers
Silke Hamann (University of Amsterdam)
David Odden (Ohio State University)
Anne-Michelle Tessier (University of Michigan and Simon Fraser University)

Invited discussant
Joan Mascaro (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona)


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@ed.ac.uk).

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

Michael Ramsammy (University of Edinburgh)

Advisory Board
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)
Yuni Kim (Essex)
 Martin Kramer (Tromso)
Nancy Kula (Essex)
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)
Organisatory Helpers
Massimiliano Canzi (Manchester)
Jade Jorgen Sandstedt (Edinburgh)
Kaiyue Xing (Manchester)

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