Sixth Old World Conference in Phonology


Sixth Old World Conference in Phonology

22-24 JANUARY 2009
Deadline for abstracts: 15th September 2008

Invited speakers:
B. Elan Dresher (University of Toronto)
Jennifer Hay (University of Canterbury)
Marc van Oostendorp (Meertens Instituut & Leiden University)

The conference will be preceded by a workshop on subsegmental phonology on 21st January, organised by Bert Botma (Leiden) and Patrick Honeybone (Edinburgh), with the title “the Privative Project: is it still worth pursuing?” Those attending the conference will be very welcome to attend the workshop, too. (Further details of the workshop are to follow.)

Conference website:

OCP homepage:



The department of Linguistics and English Language at the University of Edinburgh is proud to announce that the sixth Old World Conference in Phonology (OCP6) will take place in Edinburgh from 22nd to 24th January 2009. OCP6 is organised by a group of phonologists at Edinburgh, and it follows in the line of previous OCP conferences, which have been held in Leiden, Tromsø, Budapest, Rhodes and Toulouse. Abstracts for consideration for presentation as either talks or poster papers at the conference are now invited.

The conference will be preceded by a semi-separate workshop entitled “the Privative Project: is it still worth pursuing?” This workshop is organised by Bert Botma (Leiden) and Patrick Honeybone (Edinburgh) and further details will be available soon. Abstracts addressing issues related to the workshop theme will be welcome at the main conference, but there is no conference theme for OCP6 at all, and abstracts on any phonological issue (theoretical or empirical) in any language(s) and in any phonological framework are invited, as are abstracts which deal with connections between phonology and psycholinguistics or sociolinguistics.



This is a summary – please consult the website for full details

  • There is no obligatory conference theme – abstracts can be submitted on anything. Abstracts should be sent to Patrick Honeybone as attachments to an email ( by 15th September 2008.
  • Abstracts should be no longer than one side of A4, with 2.5cm or one inch margins, single-spaced, with a font size no smaller than 12, and with normal character spacing.
  • Please send two copies of your abstract – one of these should be anonymous and one should include your name, affiliation and email address at the top of the page, directly below the title. All abstracts will be reviewed anonymously by members of the organising committee.
  • Please use one of these formats for your abstract: pdf, Word, or plain text. If you need to use a phonetic font in your abstract, either embed it in a pdf file, or use the Doulos SIL font.
  • Full papers will last around 25 minutes with around 5 minutes for questions, and we also have plans for a high-profile poster session. Please indicate whether you would prefer to present your work only as an oral paper or a poster, or whether you would be prepared to present it in either form.
  • If you need technical equipment for your talk, please say so in the message accompanying your abstract and we will do our best to provide it, although this cannot be guaranteed.
  • We aim to finalise the programme, and to contact abstract-senders by around 31st March.

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



The main organiser for OCP6 is Patrick Honeybone. If you would like to attend or if you have any queries about the conference, please feel free to get in touch (

Local phonological team:
Heinz Giegerich
Patrick Honeybone
Bob Ladd
April McMahon
Mits Ota
Bert Remijsen
Alice Turk

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