# Uneven line height in XeTeX

I'm embarking on a journey to create a conference abstract book using XeTeX and got stuck within five minutes:

The missing 'g' in 'somethin' influences the line height of the following line. How can I correct this?

At the end I want to be able to include the abstracts and corresponding information through our online registration system, so this should be a global setting.

My MWE:

\documentclass[10pt, a5paper]{article}
\usepackage{fontspec}

%% GEOMETRY
\usepackage[left=2cm, right=1.5cm]{geometry} % to change the page dimensions

{
}%
{
\vspace{0.5 cm}
}

\newenvironment{AbsAuthors}
{
\fontsize{12}{14}\authorfont\noindent
}%
{
\vspace{0.5 cm}
}

\begin{document}

￼￼￼￼\setmainfont{Minion Pro}
\newfontfamily\authorfont{Helvetica Neue Light}

\begin{AbsHead}The XIAP  something something something somethin somethin somethin somethin somethin somethin somethin something something\end{AbsHead}

\begin{AbsAuthors}Somebody Someone\end{AbsAuthors}

\noindent Purpose: Lorem ipsum
\end{document}

-

\fontsize{}{}\selectfont changes the font size and the baseline setting, but the font change happens immediately but the baseline that is used is the one in effect at the end of the paragraph, so you need to ensure that the paragraph ends within the scope of the change.

Not

\newenvironment{AbsHead}
{
}%
{
\vspace{0.5 cm}
}


But

\newenvironment{AbsHead}
{
}%
{
\par
\vspace{0.5 cm}
}


Or better not to use \noindent and instead

\newenvironment{AbsHead}
{   \setlength\parindent{0pt}%