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Dr Jonathan Morris


Jonathan Morris Position: Research Assistant Email:
Telephone: +44(0)29 208 74843
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Extension: 77266
Location: John Percival Building


Jonathan Morris is a lecturer who specialises in linguistics. This post is funded by the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethols Academic Staffing Scheme.

Jonathan has an interest in sociolinguistics and bilingualism (particularly in how people produce or use their languages). He mainly concentrates on Welsh and English in Wales, but has also completed research on other areas where more than one dialect or language is spoken (especially German-speaking countries). His PhD examined phonetic and phonological variation (speech sounds) in the Welsh and English of young people in North Wales. His project aimed to:

  1. discover the extent to with linguistic factors and social factors (e.g. sex, home language, and area) influence phonetic and phonological variation in the two languages;
  2. propose a theoretical framework which describes the interaction between the phonetics and phonology of Welsh and English.

Jonathan has worked at the School of Welsh since 2012. He has taught on a number of modules for first and second language students, and on the Sabbatical Scheme for Welsh Language Training. Before moving to Cardiff, he worked as a Lecturer in Welsh as a Second Language and Welsh for Adults’ Tutor at Yale College of Wrexham, and as a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Linguistics and English Language at the University of Manchester. In Manchester, he was a research assistant on the ESRC project Sociolinguistics and immigration: linguistic variation among adolescents in London and Edinburgh (Prof. Miriam Meyerhoff and Dr Erik Schleef) and assisted on modules on discourse analysis, phonology, societal multilingualism, and English dialects.

Teaching Profile

BA in Welsh: Year 1

  1. CY1742 Cyflwyniad i’r Gymraeg
  2. CY1750 Diwylliant y Gymraeg
  3. CY2200 Cymraeg y Gweithle a’r Gymuned

BA in Welsh: Years 2 and 3/4

  1. CY3598 Sosioieithyddiaeth






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.