Sociolinguistics is a subject which has had a lot of attention from Welsh academics since the 1970s and 1980s. Academics such as Robert Owen Jones studied the language of ‘Y Wladfa’, and Beth Thomas studied many different areas in Wales (such as Clwyd and the Afan Valley during this time). Having been influenced by William Labov in the USA, they used more contemporary, international frameworks and styles to modernise Sociolinguistic studies through the medium of Welsh.
Nevertheless, much of this work is now outdated, with much of the field work and sociolinguistic interviewing completed focusing on older generations (NORMS – Non Mobile, Older, Rural, Males) as there was a belief that they showed the most representative dialect from their areas. The colloquial illustrations have since changed, and the same could be said about the way in which the dialects are studied. The aim of this project is to show these new dialects as they are heard in Wales today.
Start Date: October 2017