Language, Policy and Planning Research Unit

The Language, Policy and Planning Research Unit (LPPRU) was created early in 2005 to formalise the long established research interest within the School of Welsh in the fields of language policy analysis, development of new methodologies and behavioural studies.

The Unit aims to be at the leading edge in national and international language-planning developments. Particular emphasis is placed on understanding the social, economic and environmental implications of language over both time and space. The Unit's work ranges in geographic scale from the local to the global whilst the full spectrum of quantitative and qualitative research techniques is deployed.


The LPPRU is an interdisciplinary unit that:

  • undertakes research on language policy and planning issues
  • supervises and teaches at MA, MPhil and PhD level
  • fosters university-wide networks and outreach work within the international policy community

Our research is organised around five themes:

  • Bilingualism in the Welsh context
  • Comparative Language Policy and Planning
  • Geolinguistic and Spatial Analysis
  • Minority Rights, Pluralism and Governance Issues
  • Spatial Planning and Multilingualism/Multiculturalism

Postgraduate research

Current PhD students supervised by staff of the Research Unit:

  • Sonia Benghida: ‘Language and Spatial Planning’ (jointly with Dr. Neil Harris, School of City and Regional Planning)
  • Steve Eaves: ‘Cynllunio Ieithyddol: Hyfforddiant’ [Language Planning: Training]
  • Ifor Gruffydd: ‘Strategaethau Cynllunio Ieithyddol’ [Strategies for Language Planning]
  • Gwennan Higham ‘Ethnic Minorities and Welsh for Adults’
  • Seán Ó Conaill, ‘The Irish Language and the Law’
  • Lucy Morrow, 'Social Policy, the Welsh Language and Migrants'
  • Bill Roberts, 'Popular participation in public events and ceremonies in Cardiff'
  • Christina Wagoner, 'Welsh-medium Education: Best Practice Principles'
  • Geraint Whittaker, ‘Everyday Welshness in migrant communities’
  • Jennifer Marshall, 'Capacity building and language skills transfer in the Welsh digital economy'


Patrick Carlin

'Two peas in a pod? Language Policy and Welsh-medium Education', lecture delivered in the Education Department, Vic University, Cataloniab (31/10/2014)

'Valuing the non-statewide language: Evidence from migrants to Catalonia and Wales', paper delivered in the New Speakers in a Multilingual Europe: Opportunities and Challenges Symposium, Open University of Catalonia, Barcelona (20-22/11/2014)

'Comparing Language Commissioners'. British Association for Applied Linguistics Annual Conference, September 2013‘

'Language policy in Wales: 100 years in the making’. Facultat de Filologia Seminar Series, University of València, September 2013

‘(Re)assembling identity: Tutors' and adult learners' reflections from the Welsh for Adults (WfA) sector’.Seminar for School of Welsh Seminar Series, Cardiff University, 15 May 2012

-'Maintaining and Revitalising Minority Languages in their Heartlands',Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI, Sleat, Isle of Skye , Scotland, 31 August - 3 September 2011

‘On both sides of the Menai? Planning for language in north-west Wales’. Keynote presentation delivered at First Soillse Revitalising Minority Languages Conference, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Scotland, 01 September 2011

‘Language Planning and Policy in Wales’. Lecture delivered as part of The Culture and Literature of Wales: Wales and the Welsh Language module for Colgate University Study Abroad Lecture Series, Cardiff University, 08 April 2011

‘Catalan Language Development in Comparative Perspective: Local Government Doing It On Its Own’. Presentation delivered at the Language, Policy and Planning Research Unit, School of Welsh, Cardiff University, 30 March 2011

‘Where did Norma go to work and who took her there? Co-operation and contestation in local language policies in Catalonia’. Paper presented at theCentre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, Aberystwyth, 17 March 2011

‘Doing as they are told? Subregional Language Planning in Wales, the Basque Country and Catalonia’. Paper presented at the Joint Sessions of the European Consortium of Political Research, Münster, 25 March 2010.

'A House of Many Mansions? Political party intervention in local language policy in Wales, the Basque Country and Catalonia’. Paper presented at the 3rd Workshop for Cultural Exchanges and Crossroads: Brittany and Wales, Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, Aberystwyth, 20 March 2010

‘Diputaciones, cynghorau sir, neuaddau tref: man geni polisïau iaith cenedlaethol?’, in the Institute of Welsh Politics seminar, National Eisteddfod at Bala: August 2009.

‘Did you hear the one about LPP and local authorities?’, in Welsh Language Board two-day staff training seminar, Cardiff: June 2009.

Patrick Carlin’s main research interests lie within language policy and planning. Other related interests include linguistic mobilisation and political parties, critical interpretations of language planning, the sociology of language and the politics of culture.

Diarmait MacGiolla Chríost

Diarmait MacGiolla Chríost is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He has worked as a consultant on language issues to a variety of bodies at local, regional and national level, including the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, the Standing Advisory Commission on Human Rights in Northern Ireland, Menter a Busnes, and Scottish Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

Colin Williams

Colin Williams is a member of the Editorial Boards of:

  • The Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Matters
  • Current Issues of Language Planning
  • Journal of Language, Education and Identity
  • Noves Sociolinguisticas
  • Delas
  • "Language Policy in Comparative Perspective" Network for the Promotion of Lingusitic Diversity/EU , Amsterdam, 3 February 2012.
  • 'Maintaining and Revitalising Minority Languages in their Heartlands',Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI, Sleat,Isle of Skye , Scotland, 31 August - 3 September 2011
  • “The Role of the Commissioner of Official Languages in Canadian Language Policy”, Canadian Studies in Wales Conference, Swansea University, 16 March 2011.
  • “Is there a BALM in Gilead? Rapporteur’s Closing Address to the UNESCO and Lingua Mon, 3rd World Seminar on Development and Language, Bibliotechnia Alexandria, Egypt, 28-29 November 2010.
  • “Linguistic Ombudsmen in Comparative Perspective,” 12th International Conference of the International Academy of Linguistic Law, “Language Law and the Multilingual State” Bloemfontein University Plenary Address: Bloemfontein University, 4 November, 2010.
  • “The Irish Language Commissioner.” 12th International Conference of the International Academy of Linguistic Law, "Language Law and the Multilingual State” (With P O Flaharta), Bloemfontein University, 3 November, 2010.
  • "The Mask of Piety: Reflections on Promotion and Regulation,” Plenary Address to the West European Studies Conference on “Minority Languages in Europe: Successes and Challenges.” Indiana University, 8 October, 2010.
  • "Language Empowerment Initiatives for Francophones outside Quebec.” Department of French and Italian, Indiana University, 7 October, 2010.
  • “European Minority Language Policy: Towards A New Era?” Graduate Centre of the City University of New York, 4 October, 2010.
  • "EU Multilingualism: the next steps" Bolzano University, Italy, 13-15 September, 2010.
  • 'Is there a Welsh Model of Bilingual Education?' Conference -“Slovene Language in Contact – Modern Directions of Multilingual and Minority Education” Primorska University, Slovenia, 11 September 11, 2010.
  • “Legislation, +/- language rights and citizenship.” Southampton University, Sociolinguistic Symposium 18, 3 September, 2010.
  • “Mentrau Iaith, Language Enterprise Agencies,” ARUC :Les savoirs de la gouvernance communautaire : de nouvelles modalités d’action pour la francophonie canadienne et les minorités linguistiques, Ottawa University , 23 August, 2010.
  • ‘In Defence of Language Rights: Language Commissioners in Canada, Ireland and Wales'.
    Linguamón, Casa de Llengues, Barcelona, 21 May, 2010.
  • ‘Legislation, rights and services: A comparative analysis,’ Linguamón, Casa de Llengues, Barcelona, 20 May, 2010.
  • ‘Language Legilsation, Rights and Regulation.’, Specialist Evidence to the Scrutiny Committee on the Proposed Welsh Language Measure. National Assembly of Wales, Legislative Committee No 2. National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff 20 April, 2010.
  • ‘A Research Strategy for the Multilingual City Network,’ Office of Official Language Commissioner and Ottawa University Forum, Ottawa City Hall, 26 March 2010.
  • 'Aménagement des langues dans les capitales et milieux urbains : pratiques et défis':
    Language Planning in Capitals and Urban Environments: Practices and Challenges, Ottawa City Hall, 25 March, 2010.
  • ‘A Language Commissioner for Wales: International Precedents’, Burton Centre Seminar Series, Swansea University, 8 March, 2010.
  • ‘Implementing Long-Term Language Strategies’, Plenary Address to the Tóstal na Gaeilge Annual Conference, Galway, 27 February, 2010.
  • ‘Language Schemes’, Plenary Address to the Tóstal na Gaeilge Annual Conference, Galway, 26 February, 2010.
  • ‘Expert witness evidence on the review of bilingual services provided by the Commission and its staff.’ National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff, 5 February, 2010.
  • ‘ARUC:22@’, Cynhadledd Flynyddol Mentrau Iaith Cymru, Aberystwyth, 29 Ionawr. Annual Meeting of Mentrau Iaith Wales, Aberystwyth, 29 January 2010.
  • 'Creating a Bilingual Wales: Opportunities and Challenges' Chair of Celtic Studies Programme, University of Ottawa. 1st December, 2009.
  • 'Regional Minorities in Europe: From Struggle to Governance'. Staff Research Seminar Series, Departments of Geography and Linguistics, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, 26 November, 2009.
  • ‘Contemporary Currents in Multilingual Research’, Staff Seminar, UOC, (Open University of Catalonia), Barcelona. 18 November, 2009.
  • ‘International Perspectives on Community Governance and Linguistic Minorities’, Round Table Organized by the ARUC/CURA, Knowledge-based Community Governance Project, University of Ottawa 13 November. 2009.
  • ‘Parliamentary Language Policies’, Plenary Opening Lecture at the International Conference on 'Language Normalisation', Basque Parliament, Vitoria-Gasteiz. 28 October,2009.
  • ‘Pre and Post –Devolution Language Policy in Wales’, Council of Europe Conference on Minority Rights, University of Bayonne, 24 September, 2009.
  • 'The Joys and Frustrations of Language Promotion’, Plenary Address to the Navarre University Conference on "La Presencia y Uso del Euskera en la Universidad: Del bilingüismo al plurilingüismo" (The Presence and Use of Basque Language at the University: From bilingualism to plurilinguism).Navarre University, Pamplona. 17 September, 2009.
  • Deddfwriaeth a Chynllunio Ieithyddol’ ‘Legislation and Language Planning’, National Eisteddfod of Wales , Y Bala. A lecture sponsored by Cwmni Iaith. 6 August, 2009.
  • ‘Addysg a Hyfforddiant’, Cynhadledd Addysg, Plaid Cymru, Prifysgol Morgannwg, 24 o Orffennaf, 2009.
  • ‘Deddfwriaeth a Chynllunio Ieithyddol’, Cynhadledd Bwrdd yr Iaith, Caerdydd, 21 o Orffennaf, 2009.
  • ‘The Imperial Reach and the Reluctant Response’ Plenary Lecture at the 'Using Gaelic: Criteria in Language Maintenance in the Community' Conference, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Isle of Skye, 25 June, 2009.
  • ‘Language Legislation in Comparative Perspective: The Need for Competence, Capacity and Conviction’. Language Policy and Language Learning Conference, Limerick University
    Opening panel 18th June 2009.
  • ‘Language Legislation in Wales: Where to locate a Language Commissioner for Wales?’Conference on Language Legislation and Regulation in Ireland and the UK, Organiser of the Conference on behalf of the Cardiff Humanities Research Institute. May 27th 2009.
  • ‘A Statutory Framework for the Welsh Language. Evidence to Committee – meeting 5 May 2009’, National Assembly for Wales’ Legislation Committee No5 – consideration of the proposed National Assembly for Wales (Legislative Competence) (Welsh Language) Order 2009.
  • ‘Systems of Language Regulation:International Comparisons’National Assembly for Wales’ Legislation Committee No5 – consideration of the proposed National Assembly for Wales (Legislative Competence) (Welsh Language) Order 2009. Written evidence submitted in April 2009.
  • ‘Y Sefyllfa Mewn Gwledydd Eraill’, Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg, Caerdydd, Mawrth 16 2009.
  • ‘Trust and Obedience: Rights and Compliance’, The Moores Institute, University of Galway, March 12th 2009.

Simon Brooks (up to August 2013)

  • Invited workshop leader: ‘Researching reconciliation – an academic perspective’, Language: Division or Opportunity Symposium, Bangor University, 2008.
  • Invited paper (with Dylan Foster Evans):  ‘Is Multiculturalism within a Minority Culture Different?’, Representing Migration and Mobility in European Cultures Workshop (CHRI), Cardiff University, 2008.
  • Conference paper: ‘The rhetoric of civic “inclusivity” and a minority language community’,  ‘Nationalism, Ethnicity and Citizenship: Whose Citizens? Whose Rights?’ Conference, Guildford University, 2008.
  • Invited lecture: ‘The Welsh Language Economy – the arguments of language campaigners’, Language and Economy Conference, Trinity College, Carmarthen, 2004.

Simon Brooks works in the neighbouring academic disciplines of literary and cultural studies (mainly in the field of ethnicity) as well as in language policy. Lectures by Simon on literature, culture and ethnicity can be found here

Jonathan Morris

  • 'The social meaning of input factors: home language and community in North Wales'
    New Researchers Forum in Linguistics, University of Manchester & University of Salford
  • 2013. Ynganu ym maes Cymraeg i Oedolion [Pronunciation in the Welsh for Adults sector, in Welsh]. Invited by Glamorgan Welsh for Adults Centre, University of South Wales, 16 December
  • 2013.Amrywio sosioieithyddol yng nghyd-destun ieithyddol Cymru [Sociolinguistic variation in the context of Welsh-English bilingualism]. School of Welsh Research Seminar, Cardiff University, 22 October 2013.
  • Phonological variation and ‘transfer’ in Caernarfon and Mold. Welsh Linguistics Seminar, Gregynog Hall, University of Wales, 8 – 9 July 2013.

Iwan Rees

  • "Mem bêch mae'n od ar y nêw!": Rhai o hynodion tafodieithol Canolbarth Cymru [Phonological Variation in Mid Wales]. School of Welsh Research Seminar, Cardiff University, 23 April 2013.
  • Ynganu ym maes Cymraeg i Oedolion [Pronunciation in the Welsh for Adults sector, in Welsh]. Invited by Glamorgan Welsh for Adults Centre, University of South Wales, 16 December 2013.

Current Research Projects

Capacity building and language skills transfer in the Welsh digital economy

This three-year project, funded through a KESS scholarship, is looking at electronic learning in the context of adults learning Welsh at Nant Gwrtheyrn. A suite of e-learning resources will be produced in order to add to the learning experience of the Nant's learners, following their week-long language immersion at the residential centre. Learners' views will help to inform the creative process and contribute to an evaluation of the resources developed.

This research is led by:

  • Professor Colin H Williams, Research Professor, School of Welsh, Cardiff University
  • Dr Adrian Price, Director of Teaching, Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan Welsh for Adults Centre
  • Pegi Talfryn, Education Manager, Nant Gwrtheyrn Welsh Language and Heritage Centre
  • Jennifer Marshall, PhD Student, School of Welsh, Cardiff University

The Office of Language Commissioner in Wales, Ireland and Canada

  • Start date: 25 June 2012
  • End date: 24 June 2015

This investigation aims to identify best practice principles of official language regulation in Wales, Ireland and Canada. The operation of the Welsh Language Commissioner, established April 2012, together with the impact of the Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011, will be the principal focus. The work will concentrate on the first years of the operation of the Welsh Language Commissioner, which will be tasked with the establishment of national standards of Welsh medium services which are designed to improve on the current instrument of the Welsh Language Scheme, inaugurated under the Welsh Language Act, 1993.

Detailed investigations of the Language Commissioner functions in Ireland and in Canada at both federal and sub-federal level are investigated to offer a comparative and heuristic perspective. The combined research is expected to benefit policy advisers and public servants in the named jurisdictions and others interested in the application of equality measures, human rights, official language promotion/regulation and community empowerment in Europe and North America.
The methodology will combine archive work, literature and document review, field-work and interviews with Language Commissioner Staff, Parliamentary and other Commissioners, politicians, constitutional lawyers and a range of public servants.

The pronunciation of Welsh by learners:  An empirical study of language attitudes, perception and production

Very few studies conducted to date have examined in detail the pronunciation difficulties of Welsh learners.  This research examines different aspects of pronunciation amongst adult learners of Welsh and the linguistic and extra-linguistic factors which influence phonological and phonetic variation.  The work started in October 2012, and has several interrelating objectives:

  1. To identify problem areas in learners’ speech production;
  2. To find out which of these problem areas (if any) impede communication and integration in the community;
  3. To develop resources specifically for the Welsh for Adults (WfA) sector based on the empirical findings of this research which will be of substantial benefit to tutors and learners alike.   

The initial stage of project, a study of Welsh for Adults Tutors’ attitudes towards learners’ pronunciation, has recently been completed. This work has been used to identify variables for future quantitative research and ways in which the research project can inform the Welsh for Adults sector.

Previous Research Projects

Member of EUNOM Project on European Multilingulism

The Eunom Report

‘Language Ombudsmen: A Comparative Perspective’

A Welsh Language Board supported pilot project, which auguments the British Academy supported research on Language Regulation (2009-10).

‘From Act to Action’ (2005-2008)

From Act to Action: Implementing Language Legislation in Finland, Ireland and Wales

This is a comparative analysis of the effectiveness of language legislation in Finland, Ireland and Wales. It is sponsored by the European Union, through the European Bureau for Lesser Used Languages, and by selected Language Boards and administered by the Svenska Kulturfonden, Helsinki.

‘Cyfalaf Iaith’ (2006-2009)

An economic and spatial analysis of the impact of Welsh language media in selected locations. The work is sponsored by the Welsh Language Board via a PhD scholarship (Caroline Walters).

‘The Use of Irish in the Courts of Ireland’ (2006-2009)

This research is sponsored by the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, the Government of the Republic of Ireland, by way of a PhD scholarship (Sean Ó Conaill).

‘Mapping Linguistic Diversity in Multicultural Societies’ (2006-7)

A European Science Foundation project co-ordinated by Guus Extra of Tilburg University, The Netherlands, and Monica Barni of the Università per Stranieri di Siena, Italy.

‘The Learning of Welsh as a Second Language’

The aim of this research project is to consider how improvements could be made to way in which the Welsh language is transferred to adults. The project began in May 2010 and ran for two years. The work has several interacting foci of interest:

  • teaching and learning approaches/methodologies for the teaching of languages to adults;
  • language learning theory;
  • the nature of the teaching and learning resources needed to effectively transfer the Welsh language to adults; and also,
  • the related restrictions and considerations which will influence the future development of the Welsh for Adults (WfA) curriculum.

The research is sponsored by the Department for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills, the Welsh Assembly Government.


Jeremy Evas

Dr Jeremy Evas


+44 (0)29 2087 5594

Professor Diarmait Mac Giolla Chriost


+44 (0)29 2087 9180

Dr Jonathan Morris


+44(0) 29 2087 7266
Colin Williams

Professor Colin H Williams

Research Professor

+44 (0)29 2087 0413
Iwan Rees

Dr Iwan Wyn Rees


+44 (0)29 2087 4843

Past Events

23-24 November 2013: In the Basque Country

‘Legislative Devolution and the Enactment of the Official Status of Welsh in Wales’. International Conference on Cultural Rights and Democratization, University of the Basque Country

9 October 2013: In Moncton

‘Language Rights in Great Britain and Ireland: The Welsh Experience’ Faculty of Law Conference on Language Rights, University of Moncton

23-4 May 2013: In Cardiff

Co-organiser and rapporteur, International Conference on Language Rights, Dublin, co-hosted by Irish Language Commissioner, Fiontar, DCU and LPPRU, Cardiff University

May 2013: In Dublin

International conference on language commissioners, Dublin

14 May 2013: In Barcelona

‘European and Canadian Perspectives on Language Strategies’, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona

22 March 2013: In Caernarfon

(With M.P.Jones) ‘Datblygiadau Ewropeaidd’, Cynhadledd Genedlaethol Dyfodol Cymunedau Cymraeg, Welsh Government, Galeri, Caernarfon

12 March 2013: In Cardiff

The first research seminar in our series on language commissioners, language law and language planning:

Professor Rob Dunbar - 'All at sea in the North Atlantic? The Welsh Language Measure, the 'Celtic model' and the 'Canadian model' of Language Legislation'

21 February 2013: In Brussels

‘Language Strategies in Comparative Perspective’, Annual Conference of the NPLD Network, Brussels

18 January 2013: In Amsterdam

‘Language Strategies in Comparative Perspective’, NPLD Executive, Amsterdam

14 December 2012: In Glasgow

Linguistic Landscapes and Soillsie’, Soillsie Management Training, Celtic Studies, Glasgow University

13 December 2012: In Glasgow

‘Official Language Strategies’ Soillsie Management Training, Celtic Studies, Glasgow University

13 November 2012: In Brussels

‘Towards a Roadmap for European Languages’. NPLD. Brussels

9 October 2012: In Cardiff

‘Dwyieithrwydd ac Amlieithrwydd’, ‘Bilingualism and Multilingualism’, Address to the British Council’s National Launch of the Language Rich Europe Project, Cardiff; National Assembly for Wales

12 October 2012: In Cardiff

Multiculturalism in Wales Forum

A group of PhDs from the School of Welsh hosted a one-day forum on Friday 12 October 2012 in order to discuss multiculturalism in Wales. The event is funded by the University Graduate College. The forums key aims will be to achieve the following:

  • Develop ideas on how we can bridge the gap between academia and practitioners
  • Gauge views on what multiculturalism means here in Wales and its future as a concept for dealing with diversity in 21st century societies.
  • Raise the question what role do practitioners believe academics and Universities can/should have in aiding the development of such issues?

The event will bring together academics and third and public sector workers to discuss these issues. The guest speakers will be Vaughan Gething (Assembly Member), cultural establishments from various areas across Wales, and a panel of academics from Cardiff University. Hopefully a network of contacts will be established in this field as a as result of the forum.

September 2012: In Bangor

AHRC Research Network ‘Translation and Non-State Cultures’

Diarmait Mac Giolla Chríost is a member of the above AHRC-sponsored research network, a joint project between Cardiff University and Bangor University. He presented two papers to the network: ‘Cyfieithu’r Cofnod’ in September 2012 and ‘Cyfieithu Cymru: Lessons from ‘Translating Ireland’ in April 2012.

23 August 2012: In Berlin

(With Dr P.O Flaharta), ‘Ireland’s Regenerative Challenge: Language Legislation, Regulation and Amalgamation? Sociolingusitic Symposium, 19, Freie University, Berlin

23 August 2012: In Berlin

‘The Welsh Language Commissioner: The First Fruits of Legislative Devolution in Wales,’ Sociolingusitic Symposium, 19, Freie University, Berlin

21-24 August 2012: In Berlin

Sociolinguistics Symposium 19, Berlin, 2012, Panel 172: Urban Language Conflict

Diarmait Mac Giolla Chríost along with Jeroen Darquennes conducted a panel at the recent Sociolinguistics Symposium in Berlin. The panel members were:

  • Conradh na Gaeilge (Gaelic League) and the Language Freedom Movement (LFM): a case-study of conflicting language ideologies in an Irish urban context (1965-74) (ID: 558)
    Rowland, Hugh
  • Covert language diversity in municipal institutions and the influence of EU language policy (ID: 1434)
    Kruse, Jan
  • Language conflict and the negotiation of a new urban linguistic identity (ID: 844)
    Van Mensel, Luk
  • Language conflict in a globalised Barcelona (ID: 673)
    Strubell-Trueta, Miquel
  • Patterns and Perceptions of Multilingualism in the Multicultural Area of Berlin-Kreuzberg (ID: 788)
    Marten, Heiko F.
  • Present-day urban language policy issues in Sweden – equity in education as a litmus paper to identify core language conflicts (ID: 552)
    Lainio, Jarmo
  • Re-defining language conflict – challenges and options (ID: 1129)
    Vetter, Eva

22-24 April 2012: In Cardiff

The School of Welsh welcomed a group of scholars from Canada. As part of their visit a research seminar was held between the School of Welsh’s Language Policy and Planning Research Unit and the ARUC/CURA, Canada to discuss contemporary Welsh language policy. After the seminar the group were granted the first ever formal meeting with the Welsh Language Commissioner, Meri Huws. The purpose of the visit was to identify best practice in Wales in order to develop language policy in Canada and strengthen the communal element within Canada’s Francophone cirizens.  One member of the group, Martin Normand, had been a Visiting Scholar with us for much of the Autumn Term  2011 as part of his PhD research programme at Montreal University which compares Ontario, New Brunswick and Wales with regards to language policy.

23 April 2012: In Cardiff

‘Strategic Priorities for the New Language Regime,’ ARUC Workshop, Cardiff

30 March 2011: In Cardiff

Professor Xavier Lamuela (University of Girona)
Seminar interpreting current developments in Catalan, in Occitan and Friulian
Room 1.69, School of Welsh, Humanities Building
Presentations by Dr Patrick Carlin, Dr Diarmait Mac Giolla Chriost, Dr H.S Thomas and Professor Colin Williams.

20 and 21 May 2010: In Barcelona

Professor Colin Williams
Series of lectures - 1. 'Language, Rights and Legislation'; 2. ' Legislation and Bilingual Services: A Comparative Analysis'; 3. ' In Defence of Language Rights: Language Commissioners in Canada, Ireland and Wales'.
Linguamón, Casa de Llengues, Barcelona

19 April 2010: In Cardiff

One Day Conference: 'The Ysgolion Cymraeg in an International Context'
University Hall and Conference Centre, Penylan, Cardiff,
Simultaneous translation is available on request

27 May 2009: In Cardiff

CHRI Workshop: Official Language Regulation and Promotion in the UK and Ireland

The Wales Assembly Government is drafting an Assembly Measure on the Welsh Language which may include the establishment of a Language Commissioner for Wales.

The Westminster ratification process will take until the end of 2010. Thus an opportunity exists for consciousness raising within academia and civil society to assess how this development may impact upon the legal and social status of other Celtic languages within these isles.

This half day workshop will bring together four of the leading academic/public intellectuals involved in the promotion and regulation of Official Languages in the UK and Ireland.

Following their presentations there will be an open forum to discuss issues arising from the themes presented at the workshop.