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.

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


The draft programme for the 27mfm is available here:

27mfm draft programme

This is not finalised as some of those listed have not yet confirmed their participation. A timetabled programme will be uploaded to this site in due course. All those who submitted an abstract should have received an email with details of the decision - if you submitted an abstract but have not yet heard from us, please contact patrick.honeybone@ed.ac.uk.

If you have been to the mfm before, there is some BIG NEWS to take in. The University of Manchester has told us that we are no longer able to host the mfm at Hulme Hall. We have held the mfm there right from the start, so this will be quite a change for the conference. There is no need to panic, though - we have found alternative accommodation. We have rooms for the conference events that are not far from Hulme Hall, in fact. In some ways, it will be a clear improvement: the rooms are nearer the city centre and will have more modern facilities, and we will all work hard to keep the mfm atmosphere the same as it has always been, despite the change in location. If you have not been to the mfm before - ignore this! You will be very welcome to help us start to set down new traditions.

Travel and accommodation

Detailed information on accommodation possibilities and on how to get to the conference will be available here. If you have been to the mfm before, note the BIG NEWS above when you are thinking of 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 and payment for the conference is done electronically, using the dedicated booking website which is linked to below. The booking website is hosted at the University of Manchester on the university's secure payment system. Registration requires a credit or debit card. If you are not able to register using the electronic booking system for any reason (or have a problem using it), please get in touch: patrick.honeybone@ed.ac.uk. All participants in the conference (apart from the invitees in the special session) need to book, and payment should be made before the conference.

The conference costs are as follows:

We do not offer a 'daily rate' for the conference fee, as the conference fee mostly covers costs (like venue hire and invitees' expenses) that should be split equally between everyone attending the conference (no matter for how long).

Who qualifies for the reduced rate? This rate is intended for those who would have problems paying the full rate. We expect that this will include most of those who are students or who do not have regular university employment. If you do have regular employment but would still find it difficult to afford the full rate for any reason, get in touch (patrick.honeybone@ed.ac.uk), and we may be able to let you pay the reduced rate. If, on the other hand, you are a student, but have easy access to funding, please consider paying the full rate (as the reduced rate is subsidised).

NB: booking is possible until the close of business on 17th May (UK time) - after that date, no bookings can be taken.

Please follow the instructions below to book. Unfortunately, all university-run electronic booking systems seem to be unnecessarily complex, and this one is no exception. We're sorry that it might infuriate you a little as you go through the steps, but please persevere, and let us know if you have any problems. 

 The booking website is available here - click on this link to start the booking process. The booking website will open in a new window - please consult the instructions below as you use it. You will need to know what you'd like to book for (just the conference fee or the evening meals as well, as listed above) and whether or not you qualify for the reduced rate (see above). You will need a credit or debit card handy, and you'll need to know the billing address for the credit card (this is the address that the card is registered to - if it's your card, it's likely to be your home address). You can use the following cards to pay: Mastercard, Visa, Visa Debit, Visa Electron or American Express. If you cannot pay using a card get in touch (patrick.honeybone@ed.ac.uk) and we'll fix another way for you to pay.

Firstly, click on the relevant 'Book Event' button on the booking website. This is where you indicate whether you are paying at the full rate or the reduced rate (see above for details of who qualifies for the reduced rate). This will take you to a page entitled 'Additional Items'. This is where you indicate if you would like to book for the evening meals or not. You need to opt for which of the meals (if any) you would like, and then click on 'Confirm Items'. Then click on 'Add to Basket'.

You will then be taken to the 'Shopping Basket'. If everything is correct, click on 'Proceed to Checkout'.

This will take you to a page entitled 'Login/Register'. If you've not used the University of Manchester's electronic payment system before, you will need to register. If you have used the system before, you can log in using your email address and the password that you selected when you last used the system, and go to the next bulletpoint, below. If you have forgotten your password, the system will email you a way to reset it if you follow the 'Forgotten Your Password?' instructions. If you haven't used the system before, you're a 'New Customer', so enter your email address and click on 'Register as a New Customer'. You'll need to select a password, and then enter 'Your Details' about you and 'Your Address'. We don't really need your contact (phone) number, but the system requires us to ask you for it. You need to put something in all the boxes that are marked with a red star, but you can ignore the other boxes. The address box is annoying - you may have to give your address a 'name' in the first box - call it whatever you like. You can enter the billing address for your credit card here. After that, click on 'Continue', and you should be logged in and be automatically directed to the 'Attendee Details' page (see next bulletpoint).

You'll next come to the 'Attendee Details' page. Check that your details are correct and fill in the answers to the questions below (please check these we will use exactly what you enter here to produce your badge for the mfm). This is where you can tell us if you have any dietary or access requirements.

On the next screen you might need to select a billing address - that has to match with the address registered for the credit card that you'll be using to pay with. You may need to 'select' the address that you've already entered. If it's not right, change it by clicking on 'Edit'. Once this is right, you'll need to enter the details of the card that you'll be using to pay and click on 'Continue'

One more screen to go - you need to click on 'Pay Now' here. You should receive a receipt by email once you have finished the booking. If you need a more formal receipt, we we will be happy to give you one (you could ask in advance - patrick.honeybone@ed.ac.uk - or pick one up at the conference). If you need an invoice or anything special in order to get your money back, do email to ask and tell us exactly what you need it to say - we will be happy to help with this.

That should be it.

The conference fee does not cover accommodation, which you will need to book yourself (please use the information on the accommodation page to make your own arrangements).

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@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 & 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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                                                                      Last updated April 2019