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.

background  ||  call for papers  ||  special session  ||  organisers


We are pleased to announce the initial plans for our Twenty-Seventh Manchester Phonology Meeting (27mfm). The mfm is the UK's annual phonology conference, with an international set of organisers. It is held in late May every year in Manchester (central in the UK, and with excellent international transport connections). The meeting has become a key conference for phonologists from all over the world, where anyone who declares themselves to be interested in phonology can submit an abstract on anything phonological in any phonological framework. In an informal atmosphere, we discuss a broad range of topics, including the phonological description of languages, issues in phonological theory, aspects of phonological acquisition and implications of phonological change. 

The conference venue will be located just south of the city centre and will be easily accessible by public transport or on foot. Last year, the conference fee (covering general conference costs, coffee and biscuits, midday and evening meals, but not accommodation) was GBP 150.00, with a reduction to GBP 80.00 for students and unwaged participants. We expect to charge comparable but somewhat higher fees this year. 

If you would like to get a feeling for the conference series, you could take a look at the website for last year's 26mfm, and at the mfm homepage, which includes lots of information about the mfm conference series.

Advice on how best to travel to Manchester and on where to stay will be posted on this website in due course.

Call for papers

To follow.

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 (?)
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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)
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)

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