Preliminary call: Twenty-Fourth Manchester Phonology Meeting

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Twenty-Fourth Manchester Phonology Meeting

26-28 MAY 2016

Deadline for abstracts: February 2016 [Precise date to be confirmed]

Special session: ‘Evidence in phonology’, featuring speakers to be confirmed

To be held at Hulme Hall, Manchester, England. Organised through a collaboration of phonologists at the University of Edinburgh, the University of Manchester, and elsewhere.

Conference website:

You might also be interested in the mfm FRINGE workshop entitled ‘Computation and learnability in phonological theory’ (organised by Jeffrey Heinz and Giorgio Magri), which is not part of the mfm, but is timed to fit around it, on Wednesday 25th May:



We are pleased to announce the preliminary plans for the Twenty-Fourth Manchester Phonology Meeting (24mfm). The mfm is the UK’s annual phonology conference, with an international set of organisers. It is held in late May every year in Manchester (central in the UK, and with excellent international transport connections). 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.



There is no conference theme – abstracts can be submitted on anything, but a special themed session is being organised for Friday afternoon, with the title ‘Evidence in phonology’. This will feature invited speakers and will conclude in an open discussion session when contributions from the audience will be very welcome. We aim to provide an opportunity for our invited speakers and audience to reflect on the status of the various types of data that have been used in phonological argumentation, in the light of both recent developments and classic concerns. [More details to follow soon.]



Details to follow: a full call for papers, with information about the invited speakers and about how to submit abstracts, will be issued soon.



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 (Edinburgh)
* Ricardo Bermudez-Otero (Manchester)
* Yuni Kim (Manchester)

Advisory Board:
* Adam Albright (MIT)
* Jill Beckman (Iowa)
* Paul Boersma (Amsterdam)
* Bert Botma (Leiden)
* Mike Davenport (Durham)
* Stuart Davis (Indiana)
* Laura J. Downing (Gothenburg)
* Silke Hamann (Amsterdam)
* S.J. Hannahs (Newcastle upon Tyne)
* Kristine A. Hildebrandt (Southern Illinois)
* Martin Kramer (Tromso)
* Nancy Kula (Essex)
* Aditi Lahiri (Oxford)
* Nabila Louriz (Hassan II, Casablanca)
* Joan Mascaro (UAB)
* Kuniya Nasukawa (Tohoku Gakuin)
* Marc van Oostendorp (Meertens & Leiden)
* Tobias Scheer (Nice)
* James M. Scobbie (QMU)
* Jennifer L. Smith (UNC)
* Patrycja Strycharczuk (QMU)
* Nina Topintzi (Thessaloniki)
* Jochen Trommer (Leipzig)
* Christian Uffmann (Duesseldorf)
* Sophie Wauquier (Paris 8)

* Michael Ramsammy (Edinburgh)