Dr Cynog Prys

Name
Cynog Prys
Position
Lecturer in Sociology (Welsh Medium)
Email
c.prys@bangor.ac.uk
Phone
01248 383834 
Location
Room 103, Neuadd Ogwen

Overview

Cynog Prys is a lecturer in sociology and social policy at Bangor University, with a speciality in teaching sociology through the medium of Welsh. He currently teaches research methods, sociological theory and Language Planning.

Cynog was awarded first class honours in Sociology and Social Policy at Bangor University, before receiving the Evan E. Davis scholarship to complete his MA at the University of Rio Grande, Ohio, USA. After returning to Wales he completed a fully funded Ph.D. at the University of Wales, Bangor in the field of Language Policy.

His current area of study is language use in civil society with his most recent research projects and publications focusing on the use of Welsh in the community. Other recent publications are in the field of bilingualism, language policy and planning in the third sector and on the use of Welsh on social media.

He currently has 2 KESS funded Ph.D. students researching the use of Welsh on contemporary digital platforms. Cynog also has a yearly intake of MA dissertation students in the field of language policy and planning.

Cynog has a strong track record of working with external partners, having completed work for and with the Welsh Government, S4C, BBC Cymru, Welsh Language Commissioner, Mentrau Iaith Cymru, Welsh Council for Voluntary Action and other organisations.
Cynog is also passionate about the development of sociology in Wales, and especially in developing Welsh language teaching of sociology. His most recent funded research project is to develop Welsh language multimedia Sociology textbooks for A Level and undergraduate first year students.

Cynog regularly contributes to media (radio and television) discussions on sociological and language planning themes.

You can follow Cynog on Twitter at the following accounts.

@cynog_prys (Language Planning/Sociology)

@CymdeithasegUG2 (A Level Sociology Revision Account – outreach with Schools)

His co-edited Sociology of Wales textbook is currently under review by Palgrave.

Research

Recent research projects

Prys, C and Hodges, Rh. Pecyn Adnoddau Aml-gyfrwng Cymdeithaseg (PAAC) Strategic Grant from the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol: 2017- 2019 to create a multi-medium resource package to support the teaching of Sociology through the medium of Welsh cynhyrchu pecyn amlgyfrwng o adnoddau i gefnogi dysgu cymdeithaseg drwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg (Principal Investigator, £37,893)

Hodges, Rh a Prys, C. Cymrodoriaeth Cyfnewid Gwybodaeth ESRC: Pecyn Adnoddau Cynllunio Ieithyddol Cymunedol/ ESRC Knowledge Exchange Fellowship: Community Language Planning Resource (2016 – 2017) (£11,396)

Hodges, Rh; Prys, C; Orrell, A; Williams, S; Williams, E. (2015) Defnyddio’r Gymraeg yn y Gymuned: Astudiaeth Ymchwil. Cardiff: Welsh Government. Welsh Government Grant, November 2014, - Co Investigator, £69,753.29)

Prys, C; Hodges, Rh; (2016) Research Methods A Level Revision Materials. Cadarn Project/Bangor University. (Student Stipend) 

Prys, C. (2015 – 2017) Evaluation of the success of Cwmni Da Welsh language and bilingual aps and digital material. Fully Funded KESS PhD with Cwmni Da (£70,000)

Prys, C. (2015 - 2017) Factors in the viewing practices and choices of S4C’s audience. Fully Funded KESS PhD with S4C (£70,000)

Prys, C; Pritchard, S; and Cwmni Da/S4C (2016) Generation Beth? Pan-European study into the young people’s lives. (Television Series – Research design, localisation of survey tools, data analysis and report writing). (Part of the KESS funded Ph.D) http://generationbeth.s4c.cymru/en/

Prys, C; Pritchard, S; and Cwmni Da/S4C (2015) Dyma Fi – Portraits of young people in Wales (Television Series – Research design, data analysis and report writing). (Part of the KESS funded Ph.D). http://www.s4c.cymru/en/factual/dyma-fi/

Prys, C; Hodges, Rh; Mann, R. (2013) The Welsh language and volunteering. Welsh Language Commissioner: Cardiff. (PI - £18,006)

Prys, C and Beaufort Research. (2013) Exploring Welsh speakers’ language use in their daily lives. BBC Wales, S4C and Welsh Government. (£3,536)

Small grant - Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol (£1,700)
Arranging a Language Planning Symposium, ‘Tu Hwnt i’r Dosbarth: Dyfodol Cynllunio Ieithyddol’, 2012

Research Support Officer at the School of Psychology, Bangor University, Project on the cognitive effects of bilingualism. October 2010 – July 2011. 

Researcher University of Wales, Investigating the differential use of Welsh in young speakers’ social networks: a comparison of communication face-to-face, in electronic texts and social networking sites. October 2009 – 2010.

Research Assistant at the School of Psychology, University of Wales Bangor. Project Language Transfer in Bilingual Families. February – July 2004.

Part-time Research Assistant, IMSCaR, University of Wales Bangor, 2003

Publications

Mathews, D and Prys, C. (eds) (in discussion with Palgrave) The Sociology of Wales. Palgrave Pivot.

Hodges, Rh; and Prys, C; (2017) A Toolkit for Promoting the Welsh Language in the Community. Prifysgol Bangor University.
http://www.mentrauiaith.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/pecyncymorth_terfynol.pdf

Teasing apparat factors influencing executive function performance in bilingual and monolinguals at different ages. Linguistic approaches to Bilingualism. Mueller Gathercole, V.C., Mon Thomas, E., Kennedy, I., Prys, C., Young, N., Viñas-Guasch, N., Roberts, E.J., Hughes, E.K., and Jones, L. (2016). Bilingualism and Executive Function: An interdisciplinary approach
https://benjamins.com/#catalog/journals/lab.15051.gat/details

Hodges, Rh; Prys, C; Orrell, A; Williams, S; Williams, E. (2015) Defnyddio’r Gymraeg yn y Gymuned: Astudiaeth Ymchwil. Caerdydd: Llywodraeth Cymru.
http://gov.wales/statistics-and-research/welsh-language-strategy-evaluation/?skip=1&lang=en

Mueller Gathercole, V.C., Mon Thomas, E., Kennedy, I., Prys, C., Young, N., Viñas-Guasch, N., Roberts, E.J., Hughes, E.K., and Jones, L. (2014). 'Does language dominance affect cognitive performance in Bilinguals? Lifespan evidence from preschoolers through older adults on Card Sorting, Simon, and Metalinguistic Tasks.' Frontiers in Psychology.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3914397/

Prys, C; Hodges, Rh; Mann, R. (2013) The Welsh language and volunteering. Welsh Language Commissioner: Cardiff.
http://www.comisiynyddygymraeg.cymru/hybu/SiteCollectionDocuments/20140210%20DG%20S%20Adroddiad%20gwirfoddoli%20Saesneg.pdf
McAllister, F., Blunt, A., Prys, C., Evans, C., Jones, E., ac Evans, I. (2013). 'Exploring Welsh speakers’ language use in their daily lives'. Beaufort Research.
http://www.beaufortresearch.co.uk/BBQ01260eng.pdf

Cunliffe, D., Morris, D., a Prys, C. (2013). 'Young Bilinguals' Language Behaviour in Social Networking Sites: The Use of Welsh on Facebook'. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication. Cyfrol 18, Rhifyn 3, 339–361
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/264570696_Young_Bilinguals%27_Language_Behaviour_in_Social_Networking_Sites_The_Use_of_Welsh_on_Facebook
Prys, C. (2012) Eileen Beasley Obituary. The Guardian.
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2012/aug/23/eileen-beasley-obituary

Cunliffe, D., Morris, D., Prys, C. (2011) ‘Investigating the differential use of Welsh in young speakers’ social networks: a comparison of communication face-to-face, in electronic texts and on social networking sites’ yn ‘Minority Languages and Social Media: Participation, Policy and Perspectives’ Multilingual Matters.
http://www.multilingual-matters.com/display.asp?k=9781847699046

Morris, D., Cunliffe, D., Prys, C. (2011) 'Social networks and minority languages speakers: the use of social networking sites among young people', Sociolinguistic Studies (2011).
https://journals.equinoxpub.com/index.php/SS/article/view/10494

Prys, C. (2010) 'Use of Welsh in the third sector in Wales'. Contemporary Wales. Cyfrol 23, Rhifyn 1, Awst 2010 , pp. 184-200 (17).
http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/uwp/cowa/2010/00000023/00000001/art00013

Muntz, R., Edwards, R.T., Tunnage, B., Prys, C., Roberts, G. (2006) 'Development of a Welsh language version of the EQ-5D Health-Related Quality of Life Measure. Stage one: Transition'. The British Psychological Society. The Psychologist in Wales: Cyfrol 18, Haf 2005 ISSN: 1468-4756, pp.21-25 (Fersiwn Saesneg); 22-26 (Fersiwn Cymraeg).
http://research.bangor.ac.uk/portal/en/publications/development-of-a-welsh-language-version-of-the-eq5d-healthrelated-quality-of-life-measure-stage-one-transition(89456651-77ca-4cf6-ad5b-7e03f050cbab)/export.html

Teaching

Level 2

SCS2007 Theori Gymdeithasol (Sociological Theory - 20 credits)
SCS -2018 Cymdeithaseg Iaith (Sociology of Language – two teaching sessions)

Level 3

SCS3009 Pŵer, Cyfalaf a Chymdeithas (Power, Capital and Society - 20 credits)
SCU3001 Methodoleg Ymchwil (Research Methodology - 20 credits)
SCS – 3010 Hawliau Ieithyddol (Language Rights – 20 credits)

MA/Level 4

SCS – 4010 Hawliau Ieithyddol (Language Rights – 20 credits)

Cynog also supervises undergraduate dissertations.

Students

PhD

Shan Pritchard (2015 – present)

Evaluation of the success of Cwmni Da Welsh language and bilingual aps and digital material.  (Fully funded KESS PhD with Cwmni Da).

Natalie Jones (2015 – present)

Factors in the viewing practices and choices of S4C’s audience. (Fully funded KESS PhD with S4C).

Ifor Gruffudd

Rheolaeth strategol ar hyfforddant iaith yn y sector gyhoeddus (Strategic management of language training in the public sector). (Second Supervisor)

MA

Sioned Mai Roberts (2017)

Dadansoddiad o’r Cynllun Dewis Iaith ar ddwy ward yn Ysbyty Gwynedd (An analysis of the Language Choice Scheme on two wards in Ysbyty Gwynedd)

Bethan Lois Owen (2017)

Pa ffactorau sydd yn dylanwadu dewisiad rhieni ar addysg ei phlant ym Mangor? (What factors influences parental choice on the education of their children in Bangor?)

Talwyn Baudu 2016

Understanding former Diwan pupils’ attitudes, challenges and opportunities in revitalizing the Breton language transmission within the family 

Ceri Elisabeth Parry (2016)

Astudiaeth o hunaniaeth Gymreig ac agweddau tuag ar y Gymraeg yn ardal Pwllheli. (A study of Welsh identity and attitudes towards the Welsh Language in the Pwllheli area).

Sioned Wyn Williams (2015)

Ydi gwasanaethau trydydd sector yn cyrraedd anghenion defnyddwyr ifanc siaradwyr Cymraeg?: Digartrefedd yng Ngwynedd. (Homelessness in Gwynedd: Do third sector Services meet the needs of young Welsh speaking service users?)

Activities

Academic Conferences

'Welsh is our first language and we're happier speaking Welsh': Assessing patterns of language behaviour and language use in communities of Wales: An Evaluation of the Welsh Government's Language Strategy, 2017 (Prys & Hodges)

Shifft ieithyddol mewn chwe chymuned yng Nghymru (Language Shift in Six Communities in Wales), WISERD, 2017  (Hodges & Prys)

Panel discussion: Language, community and civil society in Wales today, AHRC Research Network - Language Revitalization and Social Transformation (2017), Aberystwyth University, (Hodges & Prys)

“It's cool to be a Welsh person but that doesn't necessarily mean you speak Welsh: Assessing Welsh Language Use Patterns in Six Welsh Communities. NAASWCH Conference, Havard University, Cambridge, 2016. (Hodges & Prys)

Welsh Language Use in the Community: Research Study. Sociolinguistic Symposium 21, Universidad de Murcia. 17th of June 2016. (Hodges & Prys)

Asesu patrymau ymddygiad a defnydd iaith o fewn cymunedau Cymru: Gwerthusiad strategaeth iaith Gymraeg Llywodraeth Cymru. Cynhadledd Ryngwladol Dwyieithrwydd mewn Addysg/ International Conference of Bilingualism in Education. Prifysgol Bangor University. 2016 (Hodges, Prys and Williams)

The Sustainability of Welsh as a community language: social norms of Welsh language use. Small Language planning: Communities in Crisis, Soillse Conference, Glasgow. 2016. (Hodges & Prys)

Canfyddiadau’r Cyhoedd ynglŷn â’u cyfleoedd i ddefnyddio’r Gymraeg mewn siopau a gwasanaethau cyhoeddus. Cynhadledd WISERD Cymraeg yn y Gweithle, Prifysgol Bangor, 2016 (Hodges & Prys)

Welsh Language Use in the Community: An Evaluation of the Welsh language Strategy, Iaith fyw: iaith byw. Donostia Lecture Series: University of the Basque Country, Donostia. 2015. (Hodges & Prys)

‘Defnyddio’r Gymraeg yn y Gymuned’ National Conference of Mentrau Iaith Cymru, Canolfan Soar, Merthyr Tudful, 2015 (Hodges & Prys)

'Defnyddio’r Gymraeg yn y Gymuned', WISERD Research Seminar, Aberystwyth, 2015 (Hodges & Prys)

‘Defnyddio’r Gymraeg yn y Gymuned’ WISERD Annual Conference, Cardiff, 2015. (Hodges & Prys)

Welsh in the digital revolution. Eisteddfod Genedlaethol. Bangor University. 2015.

Y Gymraeg yn y Chwyldro Digidol: Defnydd o’r Gymraeg ar Facebook, Cyfres 6 Neuadd Ogwen, 2014.

A shortage of Welsh speaking volunteers? NAACLT, Portland Oregon, 2015.

Volunteering and the Welsh language, Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference, Sheffiled, 2014.

O Ddeddf i Fesur: Deddfwriaeth Iaith yn y Gymru Ddatganoledig, Cynhadledd WISERD, Prifysgol Bangor, 2012.

Dewis Iaith, nid Hawliau Iaith: Dadansoddiad Beirniadol ar Ddewis Iaith yng Nghymru, Cyfres Seminarau y Ganolfan Ddwyieithrwydd, Prifysgol Bangor, 2012.

Language Choice and Neo-liberalism in Contemporary Social Policy, NAACLT, Isle of Man, 2011.

The use of Welsh in the third sector in Wales, School of Social Science Seminar Series Bangor, 2011.

The use of Welsh on Social Networking Sites, 41st Poznan Linguistics Meeting, Poznan University, Poland, 2010.

Social Networking Sites and the Celtic languages, NAACLT, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Isle of Skye, 2010.

Investigating the differential use of Welsh in young speakers’ social networks: a comparison of communication face-to-face, in electronic texts and social networking sites, Mercator, Aberystwyth University, 2010.

‘Everyone’s Language’: The use of Welsh outside the public sector, NAACLT, New York 2009.

Professionalizing Language Planning in Wales, NAACLT, University of Rio Grande, Ohio, 2008.

Y Gymraeg yn y Sector Wirfoddol: Profiadau Defnyddwyr, Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cardiff, 2008.

Use of Welsh in the voluntary sector in Wales: a guide for language planners, NAACLT, Kingston, Ontario, 2007.

EQ-5D CYMRU: Update on the Welsh Language Version of the Quality of Life Questionnaire, Welsh Health Economists Group, Cardiff, 2004.

Insist on Living: A Sociolinguistic Study of a Campaign to Halt the Decline of the Welsh Language 1952-1960, NAACLT, San Francisco, 2003.

Academic Interests

Visibility of the Welsh Language in Gwynedd – Language Planning advisor on Gwynedd Council Committee (2016 – 2017)

Member of the WISERD Language, Citizenship and Identity thematic group.

North American Association for Celtic Language Teachers - Member at Large, 2008 - Present

ESRC Centre for Research into Theory and Practice of Bilingualism - Research Associates