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The University of Manchester 

The 8th Manchester Phonology Meeting

with a special session on segmental markedness and syllabic position

University of Manchester, 18-20 May 2000

Call for Papers

The North-West Centre for Linguistics and the Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics (LOT)


The 8th Manchester Phonology Meeting

Thursday 18 May to Saturday 20 May 2000

We are pleased to announce our 8th Manchester Phonology Meeting. For the past seven years, this meeting has been one of the important venues for phonologists from all corners of the world. In an informal atmosphere, we discuss a wide range of topics, from the phonological description of languages to the acquisition of phonology by children. We, therefore, invite abstracts for full papers or poster presentations from phonologists, phoneticians, psychologists, sociolinguists, computational linguists - in short, anyone interested in exploring current models of phonological theory and the (cognitive, phonetic, sociological, computational...) implications of such work. Presentations on a variety of languages are welcome.

There will be 13 talks and a 90-minute poster session for up to 17 posters. To give an indication of the general format, we are making Last Year's Programme (7th Manchester Phonology Meeting) available here.

Building on the success of the special session on stress and metrics, organised and chaired by Chris McCully (University of Manchester) last year, we are again devoting the Friday afternoon to a particular theme, this time segmental markedness and syllabic position. The session is organised by Norval Smith (University of Amsterdam), Patrick Honeybone (Edge Hill College of Higher Education) and Wiebke Brockhaus (University of Manchester), with generous financial support from LOT. During the first half of the afternoon (i.e. before the tea break), there will be four papers given by invited speakers, and issues raised here (and others which are relevant) can subsequently be discussed in an open forum taking up the remainder of the afternoon. We are delighted to announce that the invited speakers are

The special session will be held at Hulme Hall on the afternoon of Friday 19 May, and will begin at 2 pm, with four 30-minute papers presented by the invited speakers. After the tea-break, there will be a workshop and discussion session (4.30 - 6 pm), where points arising from the papers can be developed, or new issues raised.

The conference venue is the Hulme Hall lecture suite at the University of Manchester, which is located only a couple of miles south of the city centre (see maps and How to get to Hulme Hall [links removed]). Information about inexpensive local hotels (rooms from GBP20.00 per night, incl. breakfast) can be found on the travel and accommodation page [link removed], and we would ask participants to make their own reservations. Should you want to make other arrangements for your stay in Manchester, you can find further details (e.g. the address of the Visitor Information Centre) on the travel and accommodation page. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer crash space.

The conference fee is GBP78.00 (for bookings received by 19 April 2000), which covers general conference costs (room and equipment hire, stationery etc.), lunch on all three days, dinner at the Vice-Chancellor's residence on Thursday evening, and tea/coffee and biscuits during the breaks. (Packages excluding one or more meals are also available at a reduced rate - see the reply form [link removed]). The conference fee is due for payment at the time of booking. Please use the reply form for this purpose and return it to us with a cheque (UK banks only) made payable to the University of Manchester (CS332RJ). Alternatively, you can pay by credit card, also using the reply form.

The meeting is being organised in collaboration with the Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics (LOT), and both postgraduate students and staff from LOT who are presenting a paper will have travel, accommodation and the conference fee paid for by LOT. However, LOT staff and students who are simply attending the conference will receive funding only for travel and the conference fee (not accommodation). Please contact Esther Kraak at for further details.

Postgraduates from other countries should contact for information about reduced conference fees.

If you would like to present a paper or a poster, please e-mail a title and a one-page abstract no later than Monday 27 March 2000 to:

Abstracts should be no longer than one side of A4 (21 c x 29.7 c; 12pt, 2.5 cm margins), including references. They can be sent as part of normal e-mail messages, or as Word or WordPerfect files. Please indicate whether your abstract is for a full paper or a poster, bearing in mind that the organisers reserve the right to accept an abstract for a format other than that suggested by the author(s). Full papers will be allocated a 45-minute slot - 35 minutes for the presentation and 10 minutes for discussion. An overhead projector will, of course, be available. If you need other technical equipment, please give us plenty of notice and we will do our best to provide it.

If you are unable to submit your abstract by e-mail, please post or fax it to:

All abstracts will be reviewed by members of the Organising Committee, and acceptance notification will be sent out by 12 April 2000.

At present, there are no plans for publishing the proceedings of the Meeting. We would like to keep it an informal forum where speakers can air new ideas which are still in the early stages of development.

If you would like to attend, please get in touch as soon as possible. You can e-mail us with your details ( or print, complete and post (or fax) the reply form [link removed].


Travel and Accommodation Page [links removed]
How to get to Hulme Hall
Reply Form

This page was created by Wiebke Brockhaus.
Last updated 19 May 2000. Moved to the mfm website in Edinburgh in March 2006.