This is an archive page; this conference occurred in May 2019.

The site for the 28mfm is available here.

The 27th
Manchester Phonology Meeting

With a special session entitled
featuring Claire Moore-Cantwell, Jennifer L. Smith and Jochen Trommer

Thursday 23rd - Saturday 25th May 2019

Held in Manchester
, England.

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 22nd May entitled

Teaching phonology: the state of the art

organised by Yuni Kim, Elisabeth Zsiga and Patrick Honeybone.

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


The full programme for the 27mfm (with scheduling for presentations and some practical information) is available here:

27mfm programme

The abstracts booklet is available here:

27mfm abstracts booklet

The list of participants in the conference is here:

27mfm list of participants

Registration for the mfm will begin at the conference venue at 11.30 on Thursday 23rd May and the conference will finish around 5.00pm on Saturday 25th May. We will be at UMIC (the University of Manchester Innovation Centre). (Don't forget, if you have been to the mfm before, that this is BIG NEWS: we will not be at Hulme Hall, as was the case in previous years.) Details of how to find UMIC are on the travel page.

If you're in Manchester on the 22nd May, do come to the Fringe Workshop on Teaching phonology: the state of the art. Note that the two events are happening a different venues. 

Guidance for presenters
It is unlikely that speakers will need more than 60 handouts for the parallel sessions. We expect around 120 participants overall.

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 in both rooms, with a laptop provided. You may bring your own laptop if you are using the data projector, but do bring any adapters that you may need. We have been told that the hardwired connection in the Dalton room is HDMI and in the Innovation suite is VGA. 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. We encourage you to bring handouts even if you are projecting your presentation.

Notes for poster-presenters: The poster displays will be set up late in the afternoon before each 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 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 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 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 are available here. (If you have been to the mfm before, note the BIG NEWS above when you are booking accommodation: booking accommodation near Hulme Hall may no longer be sensible, although the new venue is only about 10 minutes walk from Hulme Hall)


Booking was possible until the end of 17th May, and is no longer possible. Contact with any queries.

Cancellation policy: we will endeavour to refund any fees paid if you cancel by 17th May. Any cancellations after 17th 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 24th 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.

Is there lexically-specific phonology?

Generalizations about sound inventories, phonotactics, and alternations can apply exceptionlessly across the board or within very broadly defined domains such as the grammatical word. Often, however, they hold or fail to hold within relatively specific environments, such as particular lexical items (or classes of lexical items) or particular morphosyntactic constructions (or classes or constructions). In these cases, the question arises as to how much of the observed behaviour reflects phonological computation, as opposed to morphosyntactic structure or lexical storage. This session therefore asks: is there item-specific and/or class-specific phonology? If so, how does it work? And what can count as an 'item' (or 'class') in this connection? If not, how should apparent item-specific phonological behaviour be described and explained?

Invited speakers
Claire Moore-Cantwell (Simon Fraser University & UBC)
Jennifer L. Smith (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
Jochen Trommer (Universitaet Leipzig)

Invited discussant
Ricardo Bermudez-Otero (University of Manchester)


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)
 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 & Nijmegen)
 Tobias Scheer (Nice)
 James M. Scobbie (QMU)
Koen Sebregts (Utrecht)
Jennifer L. Smith (UNC Chapel Hill)
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)
Georges Sakr (Edinburgh)
Kaiyue Xing (Manchester)

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