Ultrafest X in Manchester

Posted on November 7, 2022 by

Last week, Manchester hosted Ultrafest X. While the name of the meeting might evoke wide and wild associations, Manchet hastens to clarify that Ultrafest it is in fact a conference dedicated to the use of ultrasound tongue imaging in speech and language research, now in its 10th edition. The conference brought together 40 in-person delegates along with as many joining remotely on Zoom. The presentations covered a wide-range of linguistic subfields from language documentation through speech therapy and experimental phonetics to laboratory phonology. Many many ultrasound videos of tongues were played, featuring Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Gaelic, Austrian German, English, Finnish, Irish, Japanese, Sinvaudjan Paiwan, Lower Sorbian and Squliq Atayal, inter alia.

There were two presentations delivered by LEL alumni / colleagues: George Bailey & Stephen Nichols on Post-lexical /s, z/-retraction in Manchester English: An ultrasound-tongue-imaging and lip-camera study and Kaiyue Xing & Patrycja Strycharczuk on An ultrasound investigation into Mandarin rhoticity

The conference was organised by Patrycja Strycharczuk (pictured below playing hostess), Sam Kirkham (Lancaster University) and Kaiyue Xing (Newcastle University).