This is an archive page; this conference occurred in May 2021.

The site for the 29mfm is available here.

The 28th
Manchester Phonology Meeting

Wednesday 26th - Friday 28th May 2021

  Not held in Manchester
, England, but still there in spirit.

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.

programme  ||  talk format  ||  poster format  ||  social events


A few things from the conference are now available below, as a record of what happened:

recording of the opening session

28mfm quiz (and answers)

videos from poster session 1

videos from poster session 2

videos from poster session 3

The timetabled programme and abstracts booklet for the 28mfm are available here:

28mfm programme (now with information about chairing sessions)

28mfm abstracts booklet

28mfm list of participants

We will be using Manchester time for the conference and we will require all presenters to be present during their presentations.

If you are not in the same timezone as Manchester, you could use this timezone converter to work out how the events correspond to your time. Manchester time now:

We will be using Zoom and Discord to run the conference. If you don't have them already, you will need to install both (and if you have Zoom already, please make sure that you update it to the latest version). You should be to sure to check the following notes about Zoom and Discord (about how to install and use them) before the conference starts:

28mfm Zoom notes

28mfm Discord notes

Everyone who is registered for the conference should be receiving messages every so often from the 28mfm mailing list. We will send out the Discord invitation before the start of the conference to the 28mfm mailing list, and the Zoom link for each day, also to the 28mfm mailing list, about an hour before the start of each day.

Social events

There are clear benefits to online conferences (it's cheap; no-one has to fly anywhere; no-one has to battle to get a visa), but one of the biggest drawbacks (aside from timezone incompatibilities) is that there is much less social interaction. How can we just bump into someone during a break and get chatting? How can we make up for the missed chats in the pub or at a restaurant? Well, we can't. Not completely. But we're going to try to keep something of the feeling of an mfm during the virtual conference.

One thing that we really want to encourage is for everyone to try to be as present as possible. It is very tempting with an online conference to just tune in for a few talks, with your camera off, while also checking your email or preparing some teaching or something else (I write this as someone who has been guilty of all these things). We understand completely that many of you will not be able to take part in the conference full-time. Much of it will be in the middle of the night for some of you, and many of you will have family members in other rooms (or even the same room?) who need your attention. So we don't want to make anyone feel guilty if you need to turn off your camera and can only attend a few sessions. But! If you can, please do keep your camera on during the conference. You should turn your microphone off (unless you need to speak), but we think it is much nicer to see people on screen during a talk, rather than lots of blank screens.

There will also be a number of opportunities to meet people and chat during the conference:

during the first break of each day there will be a 'Zoom randomised meeting'; at this point (the precise times are noted on the programme), we will create a number of breakout rooms, and everyone who is present in the main Zoom room will be put into one of the rooms, on a random basis, with around 5 other people - this is a chance to get to know other people at the conference (of course, you don't need to take part in this, though - you could either just not be in the Zoom room at this point, or you could leave the breakout room that you are assigned to)

on Wednesday, after the talks and posters are done, there will be an mfm quiz - do come! we will put people in teams, but you don't need to know anyone in advance of the quiz to take part - you will get the chance to show off your phonological knowledge and also witness some phonological silliness (bring your own drink...)

Details about the quiz will be available, in due course, here.

Notes for those giving a talk

Talks have been allocated a 30 minute online slot:

20 minutes will be allowed for the talk
5 minutes will be used for questions
the remaining 5 minutes in the slot will be used for setting up and swapping speakers

There will be three parallel sessions of talks (held through Zoom) at all times. Almost all talks will be given live, with speakers sharing their screen to project slides or a handout. We have heard from only one set of speakers who will be playing a prerecorded talk, and we will collaborate with them to get that to work. We will not be recording talks during the conference.

Each talk has been allocated a channel on the 28mfm Discord site. You should upload your slides or handout in advance of the conference to your Discord channel (see the 28mfm Discord notes about this). This will allow conference attendees to go back to your presentation (or even to check it in advance). Discord channels allow chat-like interaction, so this could also allow for interaction about a talk after it has been given. We will be closing the 28mfm Discord site a few weeks after the conference (so no material posted there will be available permanently).

Notes for those giving a poster

Posters have been allocated a slot in one of the three poster sessions, and presenters have been asked to prepare both:

a poster-like text-based presentation and
a very short (2 minute) recorded video (to be submitted in advance of the conference, by 19th May at 12noon UK time)

You will need to upload your video to the 28mfm google drive. Please use your surname as the file name for the video. You will receive a link to the google drive by email (we will not be posting the link here). Please be sure to check that you get the link in an email from the 28mfm email list. If not, get in touch right away (

The video is intended as a kind of 'advert' for your research (you won't be able to say much, and should simply aim to intrigue the audience about why your work is interesting - don't try to give all your results and/or to fully cover all of the issues that you are interested in). We intend to collate all the videos for each poster session and to play them all to everyone at the start of the relevant poster session (we expect that this will take around 20-30 minutes). Each poster presenter will then be allocated a Zoom room for discussion, as at a normal poster session (we expect for this slot to last around an hour). The videos are intended to get the audience to come and see you in your Zoom room to ask you more about your poster.

There is no one single way to produce a good poster. The important things are that there is not very much text, that it is easily readable, and that it sets out the main points that you want to argue for (and any data sets) clearly. Our advice is: include diagrams or other graphics as they can be easier for an audience to take in (people will see your poster during your video but will also be able to download it, to look at during the poster session and at other times during the conference). You could produce one big poster or have it spread over a few slides (but, please: a very few slides if you do this - 3-5 slides is our recommendation, with 5 the absolute maximum). During your poster session, you will be asked to wait in your Zoom room as conference participants come in and out to ask you questions about them.

We recommend that you use Zoom to produce the video. This is free and easy. If you would like to use a different system that you are familiar with to produce your video, that's completely fine, but we would like you to send us your video in mp4 format. Zoom produces mp4 format videos by default. If you use Zoom to produce a video while sharing your screen to show your poster, you should get a video with a large image of your poster and a small image of your face. If you would prefer not to record your face, that's fine - you can just turn off your camera. But we do recommend showing your poster during your video. You should be able to focus in on parts of it as you speak while sharing your screen (if you have one large sheet for your poster), or to click through your slides if that is how you are presenting. To use Zoom to produce a video, you really just need to (i) be signed in to a Zoom account, (ii) start a Zoom meeting (with you, and any other co-presenters, as the only participants), (iii) start sharing your screen, and (iv) click on the button in Zoom to record the meeting. When you are finished, end the meeting, and you should receive your video directly (or an email about how to get it). There is some advice about this from Zoom's website here. If you are not familiar with this, we recommend trying it a few times and seeing what happens before you record your video. Once you have recorded your video, you will need to upload it to the 28mfm google drive. (You will receive the link to the drive by email.) Please do not email your video to us. The deadline for uploading videos is: 19th May at 12noon UK time. We will then host all videos on Youtube, in order to link to them from Discord (see below) and will produce the collated video to play at the poster session. The videos on Youtube will not be publicly discoverable, and we will delete all videos from Youtube on around 4th June. If you have any queries about this, do get in touch. 

Each poster has been allocated a channel on the 28mfm Discord site. You should upload your poster in advance of the conference to your Discord channel (see the 28mfm Discord notes about this). We have already posted a link to your video to your Discord channel. This will allow conference attendees to go back to your presentation (or even to check it in advance of your poster session). Discord channels allow chat-like interaction, so this could also allow for interaction about a poster after your poster session. We will be closing the 28mfm Discord site a few weeks after the conference (so no material posted there will be available permanently).


All those who have had an abstract accepted for the conference (and therefore now appear on the programme) have been automatically registered for the conference. You therefore will not need to register separately. If you would like to be unregistered, or to use different details for registration, please get in touch (

Registration for the 28mfm is now closed as we have no more places.

All those who are registered for the 28mfm will be sent information about how we will be using Zoom and Discord in the days just before the conference.


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 Bermúdez-Otero (University of Manchester)
 Patrycja Strycharczuk (University of Manchester)

Michael Ramsammy (University of Edinburgh)

Advisory Board
Adam Albright (MIT)
 Jill Beckman (Iowa)
Eulàlia Bonet (UAB)
Stuart Davis (Indiana)
Silke Hamann (Amsterdam)
Yuni Kim (Essex)
Björn Köhnlein (OSU)
 Martin Krämer (Tromso)
Nancy Kula (Essex)
Nabila Louriz (Hassan II, Casablanca)
Kuniya Nasukawa (Tohoku Gakuin)
Heather Newell (UQAM)
 Marc van Oostendorp (Meertens)
 Tobias Scheer (Nice)
 James M. Scobbie (QMU)
Koen Sebregts (Utrecht)
Jennifer L. Smith (UNC Chapel Hill)
Juliet Stanton (NYU)
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)

Posters working group
Heather Newell
Nina Topintzi
Francesc Torres-Tamarit

Social events working group
 Ricardo Bermúdez-Otero
 Marc van Oostendorp
Christian Uffmann

Talks working group
Eulàlia Bonet
Silke Hamann
 Tobias Scheer

The site is hosted by the Department of Linguistics and English Language at the University of Edinburgh.

Page created by Patrick Honeybone
                                                                      Last updated May 2021