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Rhianwen Daniel

Research student, School of Law and Politics

Siarad Cymraeg



I'm a PhD candidate at the Cardiff University Department of Politics & International Relations, researching national identity and linguistic relativity. Prior to that I gained an MRes in philosophy from the University of Reading, where I specialised in cognitive penetration, the perceptual representation of high-level properties, and Wittgenstein.


My current research looks at the relation between language and national identity. The overarching question concerns the extent to which language is interwoven with culture, and influences the speakers' thought processes accordingly. This involves drawing on work in political philosophy, linguistics, history, and the philosophy of language. The remainder of my work involves articulating the implications of the cultural and intellectual significance of language for questions concerning national identity formation, ethnosymbolism, the institutional embodiment of national culture, normative language policy, postcolonialism, and the legacy of Chomskyan linguistics.



Specialization:  Nationalism, national identity, theoretical linguistics, philosphy of cognitive science.


Research interests


Between 2017-2019 I have taught on the BA Philosophy and Politics programmes, undertaking tutoring and assessment on:

  • Introduction to Government (Politics)

  • Introduction to Political Thought (Politics)

  • Moral and Political Philosophy (Philosophy)

  • Mind, Thought and Reality (Philosophy)

I also teach outreach sessions in schools on philosophical and political matters of interest such as current affairs, religion, and the mind. I have also guest lecturered for the Seren Network and at Coleg Gwent on the A level WJEC Government and Politics programme.