The 29th
Manchester Phonology Meeting

With a special session entitled
featuring Ellen Broselow, Charles Chang and Ellen Simon
25th - 27th May 2022

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

online 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  ||  registration  ||  presenter info  ||  social events


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

recording of the opening session

29mfm quiz (and answers)

videos from poster session 1

videos from poster session 2

recording of the Special Session - speaker 1: Ellen Simon

recording of the Special Session - speaker 2: Ellen Broselow

recording of the Special Session - speaker 3: Charles Chang

recording of the Special Session - discussion

The timetabled programme and abstracts booklet for the 29mfm are available here:

29mfm programme (now with chairing information)

29mfm abstracts booklet

29mfm list of participants (a version of this list with email addresses is available on the 29mfm Discord server)

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:

29mfm Zoom notes

29mfm Discord notes

Everyone who is registered for the conference should be receiving messages every so often from the 29mfm mailing list. We will send out the Discord invitation on the 29mfm mailing list (it will not be posted here), and the Zoom link for each day will also be sent to the 29mfm mailing list, about an hour before the start of each day.

Social events

One of the biggest drawbacks (aside from timezone incompatibilities) with online conference is that there is much less social interaction than at an in-person conference. 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?

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. 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. 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 a small number of 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 special session 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...)

Notes for those giving a talk

Talks will be 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. We prefer for talks to be given live, with speakers sharing their screen to project slides or a handout. If you are keen to prerecord your talk, we will allow this, but speakers will need to play prerecorded talks live (through Zoom) and be present (at least one speaker for co-authored talks) during the session (to answer questions). If you would like to prerecord your talk, you will need to arrange this in advance - you must confirm that you would like to use a prerecorded talk by 9th May at the latest (by email to patrick.honeybone@ed.ac.uk). We will not be recording talks during the conference.

Each talk will be allocated a channel on the 29mfm Discord site. We will be asking you to upload your slides or handout in advance of your talk to your Discord channel. 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 post more information about how to use Discord here soon (don't worry if you don't know Discord - it is very easy and intuitive to use). We will be closing the 29mfm Discord site a few weeks after the conference (so no material posted there will be available permanently).

Notes for those giving a poster

Posters will be allocated a slot in one of the two poster sessions, and presenters will be 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 18th May at 12noon UK time)

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). You will therefore need to be present during your poster session. 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 (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, (i) start a Zoom meeting (with you, and any other co-presenters, as the only participants), and click on the button in Zoom to record the meeting. 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 send it to us. We will be setting up a site for you to upload your video: please do not email it to us. (You will receive the link to the drive by email.) The deadline for uploading videos is: 18th 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. If you have any queries about this, do get in touch. 

If you are looking for inspiration for your video, you could check the videos that people came up with last year. They are available on the 28mfm website (look for: videos from poster session 1, 2 and 3 - those are the collated videos that we showed at the start of the three poster sessions last year).

Each poster will be allocated a channel on the 29mfm Discord site. We will be asking you to upload your poster in advance to your Discord channel and we also intend to post 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 post more information about how to use Discord here soon (don't worry if you don't know Discord - it is very easy and intuitive to use). We will be closing the 29mfm 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 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 (patrick.honeybone@ed.ac.uk).

Registration for the 29mfm for non-presenters is now closed as we have no more places.

All those who are registered for the 29mfm will be sent the Zoom link for each day of the conference (via the 29mfm mailing list and the 29mfm Discord server), about an hour before the start of each day.

Special Session

A special themed session has been organised for the Wednesday 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.

Second Language Phonology and Phonological Theory

How do two (or more than two) phonologies interact if they exist in the same mind? Or don't they interact - is each language's phonology kept separate in the grammar? Is there a fundamental difference in these issues if a speaker acquires a second language as a child or as an adult? Can two phonologies ever have equal dominance for a speaker? In what ways, precisely, can an L1 influence an L2? And what happens in language attrition, when an L2 influences an L1? How can the answers to questions like these inform our theories of phonology in general? These are some of the questions that we hope our invited speakers will address in this special session.

Invited speakers
Ellen Broselow (Stony Brook University)
Charles Chang (Boston University)
Ellen Simon (Ghent University)


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 K√∂hnlein (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
Francesc Torres-Tamarit

Social events working group
Patrick Honeybone
Christian Uffmann

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                                                                      Last updated May 2022