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Dr Iwan Wyn Rees, BA, MPhil (Wales), PhD (Aberystwyth)


Iwan Rees Position: Research Associate Email:
Telephone: +44(0)29 208 74843
Fax: +44(0)29 208 74604
Extension: 77266
Location: John Percival Building

Research Interests

Iwan Wyn Rees is a Research Associate on a project which examines the acquisition of Welsh as a second language (mainly in the Welsh for Adults sector).  His research interests encompass a number of interrelated linguistic fields, including:

  • Social dialectology
  • Phonetic / phonological variation and change
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Welsh grammar (including regional varieties) 
  • The historical development of Welsh and its scholarship

Before joining the School of Welsh, Iwan was awarded an AHRC scholarship which allowed him to analyse various dialects of Welsh at Aberystwyth University.  He obtained his doctoral degree in 2013 for a thesis which concentrates mainly on phonological variation in two adjoining areas in mid-Wales.  His thesis seeks to combine the methods of traditional dialectology with the more recent approaches of sociolinguistics in order to determine the extent to which speakers from similar social backgrounds are linguistically homogeneous.     

Iwan was recently awarded a scholarship by Santander which enabled him to conduct preliminary fieldwork in the Chubut province in southern Argentina on the contemporary usage of Welsh in the region.    

Teaching Profile

Iwan also contributes to the following modules:

BA Welsh
Level 4

CY1742 Cyflwyniad ir Gymraeg

Level 6

CY2166 Cyflwyniad i Hanes yr Iaith

MA Welsh and Celtic Studies

Professional and Academic Research



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.