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Dr Katy Jones

Dr Katy Jones

Research Associate

Ysgol Saesneg, Cyfathrebu ac Athroniaeth

+44 (0)29 2087 6393
3.41, Adeilad John Percival , Rhodfa Colum, Caerdydd, CF10 3EU
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I am a member of the Centre for Language and Communication Research.


After completing my PhD in the Centre for Language and Communication Research, I remained at Cardiff University as a lecturer and researcher. I have worked on a range of research projects at the Centre for Language and Communication Research, including working with Dr Lise Fontaine and Dr Michelle Aldridge-Waddon on a digital writing project, with Professor Alison Wray on dementia communication and with Professor Karin Wahl-Jorgensen on a transnational project The NSA Files: Surveillance, Leaks and the New Landscape of Legitimacy.

Prior to doing a PhD, I was a tutor of English for Academic Purposes at Cardiff University and the University of Sussex, and an EFL teacher in the UK, Spain and Japan for over 15 years. I did an MA in Applied Linguistics at the University of Sussex in 2003.

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Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA)

Member of Dementia Research Network (DRN)

Member of International Systemic Functional Linguistics Association (ISFLA)

Member of European Systemic Functional Linguistics Association (ESFLA)

Member of British Association of Applied Linguists (BAAL)

Ymrwymiadau siarad cyhoeddus

Title:The interpretation of identifiable indefinites: evidence from readers

5th UK Cognitive Linguistics Conference, Lancaster University, July 2014

Title: Identifiable indefinites and co-extension
25th European Systemic Functional Linguistics Conference 2014, Université Paris Diderot, France. 10th-12th July 2014

Title: Identifiable indefinites and the Givenness Hierarchy: a case of underspecification and overspecification?
Conference: Pre-Cog Sci 2013: The production of referring expressions: bridging the gap between cognitive and computation approaches to reference, Berlin 31st July 2013

Title: The Givenness Hierarchy and indefinite referring expressions
Conference: Scandinavian Association for Language and Cognition IV (SALC IV), Joensuu University, Finland, 12-14th June 2013

Title: ‘a’: to refer or not to refer
Conference: Voice of Humanities, Cardiff University, March 2012








In the academic year 2016-17, I am teaching the following undergraduate modules:

  • Introduction to Human Communication
  • Communicating in Relationships
  • Language Learning and Teaching
  • Child Language and Communication

I am also teaching the following Master's module:

  • Second Language Development and Pedagogy

I am also ENCAP's Academic Skills Coordinator and provide writing support to undergraduate students.

I am interested in approaching the study of language (in particular referring expressions) from a multi-disciplinary perspective, combining areas such as discourse analysis, cognitive linguistics, psycholinguistics, pragmatics and grammar.

I am writing a book with my colleague Lise Fontaine for Cambridge University Press called Referring in Language, an Integrated Approach. It should be in print in 2018. In this work we combine functional grammar, discourse functions and referring strategies with a particular focus on non-typical uses of referring expressions. This work relates to my PhD, which was on the use of indefinite referring expressions in discourse.

I am also collaborating with Professor Peter Fries (Central Michigan University) on a paper which extends the approaches/principles held in common by Martinet and Halliday on the wordings of nominal groups.

Other research interests include second language learning and teaching, child language acquisition and dementia communication. .