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Dr Katy Jones

Dr Katy Jones

Senior Lecturer

School of English, Communication and Philosophy

+44 (0)29 2087 6393
3.53, John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU
Available for postgraduate supervision


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.

Professional memberships

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)

Speaking engagements

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 2019-20, I am teaching the following undergraduate modules:

  • How Language Works 2
  • Communicating in Relationships
  • Language Learning and Teaching
  • Communication Disorders

I am also teaching the following Master's modules:

  • Language Learning: Theory and Practice
  • Research Foundations

I am also ENCAP's Academic Writing Support Coordinator and provide academic writing support to undergraduate and postgraduate 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 colleagues Lise Fontaine and David Schonthal for Cambridge University Press called Referring in Language: an Integrated Approach. In this work, we combine functional grammar, discourse functions and referring strategies with a particular focus on non-typical uses of referring expressions.

Other research interests include second/additional language learning and teaching, writing processes, child language acquisition and dementia communication.


Current Supervision:

Supervisor (80%) Nasser Alqhatani: A Cross-linguistic Study of Meta-Discourse Markers in English Academic Writing of Saudi EFL Students and UK English Native-speakers.

I am also interested in supervising students working in the following areas:

  • Reading and writing in second/additional language learning and teaching
  • First/second/additional language writing processes
  • Referring, cohesion and coherence