The 30th
Manchester Phonology Meeting

With a special session entitled:

featuring Invited speakers to be confirmed

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.

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


We are pleased to announce the plans for our jubliee Thirtieth Manchester Phonology Meeting (30mfm). The mfm is the UK's annual phonology conference, with an international set of organisers. It is held in late May every year. The last two years had to be held online (due to COVID), but for 2023 we are returning to the tradition of holding it in-person in Manchester (which is central in the UK, with excellent international transport connections). The conference will be located just south of the city centre and will be easily accessible by public transport or on foot. We have thought long and hard about it, and we have concluded that we will not be able to run the conference in a hybrid fashion - that is, there will be no option for online participation.

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 last year that we charged fees for the mfm (2019), 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 that the fees will need to rise a fair amount for 2023, but we will keep the rise as low as possible.

If you would like to get a feeling for the conference series, you could take a look at the website for last year's 29mfm, 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

There is no obligatory conference theme for the 30mfm - abstracts can be submitted on anything phonological.
  • Abstracts should be uploaded to the 30mfm's page on the the Linguist List's EasyAbstracts site by or on 19th December 2022. The precise deadline, as implemented by EasyAbstracts, is as follows: 11.59pm US Eastern Standard Time on 19th December.
  • You should submit your abstract in pdf format (if necessary, we can accept Word or txt files, but please send pdf if possible).
  • Abstracts should be no longer than one side of A4 (or 'American letter'), with 2.5cm or one inch margins, single-spaced, with a font size no smaller than 12, and with normal character spacing. All examples and references in the abstract should be included on the one single page, but it is enough, when referring to previous work, to cite "Author (Date)" in the body of the abstract - you do not need to give the full reference at the end of the abstract. Please DO NOT submit an abstract if it goes over one page for any reason - it will be rejected. Remember also that, if your abstract is accepted, you will need to submit a version with your name and email address at the top, and this will still need to only take up one page - please bear this in mind and leave space for this when finalising your abstract,
  • Your abstract should be anonymous. You will be asked to submit a version with your name and affiliation on it if your abstract is selected for presentation. Please erase any details which might identify you in the file that you submit.
  • If you need to use a phonetic/phonological font in your abstract, please either embed it in a pdf file, or use the Doulos SIL font, which can be downloaded for free from this site: http://software.sil.org/doulos/.
  • No-one may submit more than one single-authored abstract, as this allows more people to take part in the conference. You may submit one single-authored abstract and one jointly-authored abstract (or two jointly-authored abstracts), but it is unlikely that anyone will be offered two opportunities to speak.
All abstracts will be reviewed anonymously by four members of the organising committee and advisory board. You can read about the abstract selection process here. If you cannot send your abstract in the way set out above, for whatever reason, please email patrick.honeybone@ed.ac.uk and we'll arrange another way of abstract submission.

If you would like to see which kinds of abstracts have been successful in the past, you could consult the previous mfm's abstract booklet, available here. Short abstracts (less than a full page) are rarely successful as they typically do not include enough information to judge their worth. A good abstract indicates what the data and/or problem or issue is clearly and does not just promise an analysis, but sets out what it is.

We aim to finalise the programme, and to contact abstract-senders during Februrary 2023, and we will contact all those who have sent abstracts as soon as the decisions have been made.

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 (to be advertised soon) 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


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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