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Phonetics/Phonology Unconference on Pedagogy (Phon-UP)

Monday 10 June 2024, 10.00AM to 4:00pm

Our department is pleased to host the second Phonetics/Phonology Unconference on Pedagogy (Phon-UP) on June 10th.


  • Marina Cantarutti (University of York)
  • Sam Hellmuth (University of York)
  • Rebekka Puderbaugh (University of Edinburgh)
  • Rory Turnbull (Newcastle University)

Registration (free)

We will have room for 25 people, so please let us know if you are coming by completing the registration form.


Now in its second year after last year’s meeting in Newcastle, Phon-UP is a radical space for investigating innovative and effective methods and approaches to teaching phonetics and phonology.

While our primary disciplinary focus is phonetics and phonology, we welcome participants from all areas of linguistics and the speech sciences.

What is an unconference?

A conference typically has a hierarchy, a strict structure, and a set agenda. An unconference is instead led by the participants.

While the organisers have some particular topics and questions to serve as a springboard for discussion, the direction and the agenda (such that it exists) for the day will be determined by the participants.


As an unconference, there is no formal programme. Participants are encouraged to bring their own questions and topics for exploration too. Here are some questions to get you started:

  • What is learning for?
  • What assumptions do we bring to pedagogy and how do they constrain our thinking?
  • How do the concepts of structure, control, (dis)comfort, trust, and physicality relate to your teaching practice?
  • What is the relationship between current research in phonetics/phonology and traditional teaching methods (e.g. cardinal vowels, ear training)?

Due to the deliberately informal nature of Phon-UP, please do not feel any compunction about arriving late, leaving early, or otherwise participating outwith the set times of the gathering.

Do I need to register?

We have room for 25 participants and it would be useful to know if you are coming, so we’d appreciate it if you could express your intention to join us here

Do I need to make a presentation?

No, just show up with yourself and your bright ideas (and any props or objects you wish to demonstrate!).

Will there be food?

We will offer coffee/tea from 9.30 am, and we would like to encourage you to bring your own mug/flask (to help the planet!).

Location: TBC