The 30th
Manchester Phonology Meeting

With a special session entitled:

featuring Jelena Krivokapić, Violeta Martínez-Paricio and Heather Newell

Thursday 25th - Saturday 27th May 2023

To be held in-person (with no online participation) 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 24th May entitled

'Moraic vs. X-Slot Syllabification: the Debate'

organised by Björn Köhnlein and Shanti Ulfsbjorninn
(more details on this very soon).

draft programme  ||  travel and accommodation  ||  special session  ||  organisers


The draft programme for the 30mfm is available here:

30mfm 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. The programme will be fitted into the following timetable:

30mfm timetable

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.

The conference fees will be as follows:

The reduced rate will be available to students and others without easy access to funding. If these costs will prove problematic for anyone, they will be invited to write in to discuss options. Details about how to pay this fee and book for the conference will be placed on this website soon.

Travel and accommodation

Detailed information on accommodation possibilities and on how to get to the conference are available here. The mfm will be held at the University of Manchester's Core Technology Facility (this is the same place as was used for the 27mfm if you were there).

  • the travel and directions page is available here [also with links to information on Manchester and its many attractions]
  • advice on where to stay in Manchester is available here

Special session

A special themed session is being organised for Friday 26th May by members of the organising committee and the advisory board. This will feature invited speakers and will allow for open discussion, when contributions from the audience will be very welcome.

Is there a prosodic hierarchy, and if so, what does it consist of?
While the need for some sort of structure at the prosodic level is widely accepted in phonology, the precise nature of that prosodic structure is subject to considerable debate. One strand of thought assumes a fine-grained Prosodic Hierarchy (from subsyllabic units up to the utterance, taking in syllables, feet, prosodic words, intonational phrases and other levels of structure), but even within this approach, there is disagreement on which precise levels exist within the hierarchy. Other contemporary approaches assume less phonology-specific structure, and seek instead to link what appear to be phonological domains to the interface of the phonology with morphology or syntax. This has led to positions where there is no prosodic hierarchy (i.e. no constituents at and above the word level). Within and around all this work on prosodic phonology, there are other highly controversial issues - concerning, for example, the status and role of the prosodic word, the inventory of types of feet, the question of recursion in prosody, and the status of the utterance as a phonological unit. We hope that our invited speakers will address some of these issues (and other related matters) in this special session.

Invited speakers
Jelena Krivokapić (University of Michigan) 
Violeta Martínez-Paricio (Universitat de València)
Heather Newell ( Université du Québec à Montréal)


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 (Edinburgh)
 Ricardo Bermúdez-Otero (Manchester)
 Patrycja Strycharczuk (Manchester)

Michael Ramsammy (Edinburgh)

Advisory Board
Adam Albright (MIT)
Eulàlia Bonet (UAB)
Bartłomiej Czaplicki (Warsaw)
Stuart Davis (Indiana)
Chris Golston (CSU Fresno)
Silke Hamann (Amsterdam)
Pavel Iosad (Edinburgh)
Jonah Katz (West Virginia)
Yuni Kim (Surrey)
 Björn Köhnlein (OSU)
 Martin Krämer (Tromso)
Nancy Kula (Essex)
Nabila Louriz (Hassan II, Casablanca)
Kuniya Nasukawa (Tohoku Gakuin)
 Heather Newell (UQAM)
 Marc van Oostendorp (Nijmegen & 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 (UAB)
Christian Uffmann (Duesseldorf)
Ruben van de Vijver (Duesseldorf)
Draga Zec (Cornell)
Eva Zimmermann (Leipzig)
Elizabeth Zsiga (Georgetown)
Kie Zuraw (UCLA)

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                                                                      Last updated March 2023