The School's key projects include:
Current Research Projects
The Office of Language Commissioner in Wales, Ireland and Canada
This major research project is funded by the ESRC. It comprises a comparative investigation of the function of language commissioner with regard to the statutory and non-statutory instruments and powers exercised by this office in its various forms in the contrasting jurisdictions of Wales in the UK, the Republic of Ireland and Canada.
A Review of the Work of Mentrau Iaith, Language Action Plans and the Programme to Promote Welsh in Aman Tawe, 2013
The aim of this research is to prepare a report for the Government of Wales on the work of the Mentrau iaith, the Language Action Plans and the Programme to Promote Welsh in Aman Tawe. It is anticipated that the recommendations will impact on the Welsh Government’s reformulation of Community Language Policy and Planning in the coming years.
Welsh Prose 1350-1425 Website
This website presents a searchable corpus of Medieval Welsh prose and offers a priceless bilingual resource for further research into the language, literature, history and culture of the period.
The Learning of Welsh as a Second Language
This programme of research includes a substantial research project funded by the Welsh Assembly Government and other significant activities funded by various bodies including the British Academy and Chinese sources.
Ann Griffiths Website
In 2003, Cardiff University launched a bilingual website devoted to the study of the life and work of Ann Griffiths (1776-1805), a major figure in Welsh literature and a Christian poet of European stature.
Welsh Ballads Website
The heyday of broadside ballad printing in Wales was the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The eighteenth-century broadsides were in the main eight-page pamphlets, whereas the nineteenth-century broadsides were usually four-page leaflets.
An electronic corpus of Welsh medieval prose
Medieval Welsh prose survives in some eighty manuscripts produced between 1250 and 1450. The corpus contains law texts, historical, religious, medical and grammatical works, narrative tales translated from Latin and French and, of course, the tales of the Mabinogion.
Dafydd ap Gwilym Project
The aim of this exciting project, funded by the AHRC and led by Professor Dafydd Johnston of Swansea University, was to produce an electronic edition of the works of Dafydd ap Gwilym, the greatest Welsh poet of the Middle Ages.
Previous Research Projects
The Sociolinguistics of Welsh in Patagonia
Professor Robert Owen Jones and his research assistant Walter Brooks have been working on two projects funded by The Leverhulme Trust (‘Language Survival? The Welsh Language and Community in Patagonia’ and ‘The Dynamics of a Welsh Language Revival in Chubut’) focusing on the sociolinguistic aspects of the Welsh language (1900-2000) in the Chubut Valley and the Andean region of Patagonia.
Performing from the Pulpit
This research, focusing on Welsh dramatic preaching of the 19th and 20th centuries, has developed as a result of Professor Sioned Davies’ interest in performance theory and communication in the Middle Ages.
Illustrations and Images
A number of members of staff of the School of Welsh have a research interest in illustration studies and in visual imagery. This is reflected, for example, in the symposium on ‘English and Welsh Illustrative Practice in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Print Culture’ which was held in the School of Welsh on 6 November 2008. For details of the programme, see below:
Symposium programme [25 KB]
Devolution in Wales and Brittany
This project examined the nature of devolution in France and Britain between 1999 and 2003, analysing educational policies, training and language in Wales and in Brittany.
Electrifying the Text
The Electrifying the Text Forum was formed at the end of 2004 by Diana Luft, Llion Pryderi Roberts and D. Mark Smith with the intention of promoting discussion on aspects of electronic texts and sharing good practice.