Dr Jonathan Morris

Dr Jonathan Morris


Welsh speaking
+44(0) 29 2087 7266
1.58, John Percival Building

I am a Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol lecturer and specialise in the Welsh language and linguistics.

My research interests are sociolinguistics (language variation and change), bilingualism, and second language acquisition. My PhD examined phonetic and phonological variation (speech sounds) in the Welsh and English of young people in North Wales and the social factors which influence this variation.

Before moving to Cardiff, I worked as a Teaching Assistant at the University of Manchester (linguistics) and Lecturer at Coleg Cambria (Welsh). I have also assisted on a number of ESRC, British Academy, and Welsh Government funded projects in linguistics.

Professional memberships

British Academy of Academic Phoneticians, Philological Society.

University committees

Welsh-speaking Staff Network (Secretary)

I am teaching or have taught on the following modules at Cardiff:

BA Welsh

CY1500 Sgiliau Llafar yn y Gymraeg

CY1501 Defnyddio'r Gymraeg

CY1742 Cyflwyniad i'r Gymraeg

CY1750 Diwylliant y Gymraeg

CY2200 Cymraeg y Gweithle a'r Gymuned

CY3530 Sosioieithyddiaeth CY3900 Blas ar Ymchwil

CY3905 Ymchwil Estynedig

MA Welsh and Celtic Studies

Academic and Professional Research Special Subject 2: Language Policy Other Courses British Social & Cultural Environment (International Foundation Programme)

Wales and the Welsh Language (International Students) National Sabbatical Scheme for Welsh Language Teacher Training

Since completing his PhD, Jonathan has been a part of a British Academy project (awarded to Dr Robert Mayr, Cardiff Metropolitan University and Ineke Mennen, Bangor University) which examines the effect of linguistic experience on the production of vowels and stress in Welsh-English bilingual speech. With Dr Iwan Wyn Rees, he completed a project on the attitudes of Welsh for Adults tutors towards learners' pronunciation which was presented to practitioners. This work contributes to his wider research aims, which are to understand variation in contemporary Welsh-English bilingual speech and examine the use of Welsh which will be of interest to policy makers.

Research Interests

In the field of sociolinguistics:

1.The effects of social factors on language variation and change in Welsh.

2.Phonetic variation in Welsh and between Welsh and English.

3.The acquisition of Welsh as a second language.

4.Variation in Welsh learners' speech. 5.Perceptions of dialects amongst speakers.

In the field of sociology of language:

1.Linguistic insecurity amongst Welsh speakers.

2.The effects of social factors on the use of Welsh.

Jonathan welcomes correspondence from students who would like to undertake research in any of the areas above.