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Dr Jonathan Morris


Jonathan Morris Position: Research Assistant Email:
Telephone: +44(0)29 208 74843
Fax: +44(0)29 208 74604
Extension: 77266
Location: John Percival Building

Research Interests

Dr Jonathan Morris is a Research Assistant and works on a project which examines the acquisition of Welsh as a second language.

Jonathan has an interest in sociolinguistics (particularly in how people produce or use language). 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:

  • quantify previous claims regarding transfer and convergence between Welsh and English;
  • 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;
  • propose a theoretical framework which describes the interaction between the phonetics and phonology of Welsh and English.

Jonathan’s work on sociolinguistics and bilingualism encompasses a number of fields, including:

  • phonetics and phonology;
  • language variation and change;
  • dialectology;
  • language attitudes;
  • bilingualism and second language acquisition.

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 assisted on modules on discourse analysis, phonology, societal multilingualism, and English dialects.


Selection of Publications

van Hattum, Marije, Jonathan Morris & Dorothea Hoffman (eds.). 2012. Proceedings of the 19th International Postgraduate Conference, Salford Working Papers in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics.

Morris, Jonathan. 2010. Phonetic variation in Northern Wales: preaspiration. Proceedings of the Second Summer School of Sociolinguistics, The University of Edinburgh 14 - 20 June 2010, eds. M. Meyerhoff, C. Adachi, A. Daleszynska & A. Strycharz. Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh


Research Projects

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

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.  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.