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Sociolinguistics in Wales

  • Mercedes Durham
  • Jonathan Morris

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Mercedes Durham, Jonathan Morris
      Pages 3-28
  3. Welsh

  4. Welsh English

  5. Bilingual and Multilingual Contact in Wales

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 307-313

About this book


This volume showcases recent sociolinguistic research about Wales and offers contributions from scholars working on Welsh, English and other languages spoken in the country. The chapters present a range of frameworks and methodologies used in sociolinguistics and apply them to the Welsh linguistic context. This context is very distinctive compared to the rest of the UK and represents a prime ground to observe different aspects of the interplay between language and society. The structure of the volume reflects the linguistic diversity of the country and is divided into three sections. The first section examines recent research on Welsh, the second section focuses on English, and the third section deals with research on Welsh and English together, as well as research on other languages spoken in Wales. The book will be useful to those wanting to discover more about language and society in Wales, as well as to those already working in the field as it offers new perspectives and insights.


Bilingualism Language policy Language contact Immersion education Translanguaging

Editors and affiliations

  • Mercedes Durham
    • 1
  • Jonathan Morris
    • 2
  1. 1.Cardiff UniversityCardiffUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Cardiff UniversityCardiffUnited Kingdom

About the editors

Mercedes Durham is Senior Lecturer in Sociolinguistics at Cardiff University, UK. Her research includes work on the acquisition of sociolinguistic competence, and Welsh and Scottish dialects of English. 

Jonathan Morris is Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol Lecturer in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics at the School of Welsh, Cardiff University, UK. His research focuses on sociolinguistic aspects of bilingualism and second language acquisition in the Welsh context.

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