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LINGUIST List 23.143

Mon Jan 09 2012

Calls: Phonology/UK

Editor for this issue: Alison Zaharee <alisonlinguistlist.org>

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        1.     Patrick Honeybone , 20th Manchester Phonology Meeting

Message 1: 20th Manchester Phonology Meeting
Date: 09-Jan-2012
From: Patrick Honeybone <patrick.honeyboneed.ac.uk>
Subject: 20th Manchester Phonology Meeting
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Full Title: 20th Manchester Phonology Meeting
Short Title: 20mfm

Date: 24-May-2012 - 26-May-2012
Location: Manchester, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Patrick Honeybone
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.lel.ed.ac.uk/mfm/20mfm.html

Linguistic Field(s): Phonology

Call Deadline: 30-Jan-2012

Meeting Description:

We are pleased to announce the plans for our 20th Manchester Phonology Meeting (20mfm). 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.

Special Session: 'Unsolved Problems in Phonology'

The fact that the mfm is celebrating its twentieth anniversary has encouraged us to take stock of what phonology has achieved - and how much it has really progressed - in recent decades. We have therefore decided that the topic of the Special Session at the 20mfm will be 'Unsolved Problems in Phonology', and we have invited speakers to discuss a key puzzle for phonological theory. We have asked them to focus on problems for which there once was a solution that commanded widespread agreement within the phonological community, but where such consensus has since, for one reason or another, collapsed. In this sense, we are interested in how a 'solved' problem can become 'unsolved', with all that this implies for questions such as the causes of agreement and disagreement in the phonological community, and the extent of progress in phonological research. And, of course, we have chosen problems that we believe are all interesting in their own right.

Invited Speakers:

Jacques Durand (Toulouse-Le Mirail), 'Latent Consonants'
Sharon Inkelas (Berkeley), 'Nonderived Environment Blocking'
Donca Steriade (MIT), 'Segment Sequencing'
Nina Topintzi (Leipzig), 'Compensatory Lengthening'

2nd Call for Papers:

Abstract Submission:

This mentions only a few details - please consult the website for full information:


There is no obligatory conference theme for the 20mfm - abstracts can be submitted on anything phonological.

We are using the LINGUIST List's EasyAbstracts system for abstract submission. Abstracts should be uploaded to the 20mfm's page on the EasyAbstracts site by 30 January 2012:


Full papers will last around 25 minutes with around 5 minutes for questions, and there will be a high-profile poster session lasting one and a half hours. When you submit your abstract, you will be asked to indicate whether you would be prepared to present your work (i) either as a talk or a poster paper or (ii) only as a poster.

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

Further important details concerning abstract submission are available on the conference website. Please make sure that you consult these before submitting an abstract:


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