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Dr Kathryn Sharp

Job Title: WISERD Research Associate, WISERD Education

Institution: Cardiff University


Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 9650

Role: Native Welsh-speaking Research Associate on the WISERD Education project


Kathryn completed a Psychology degree at Bangor University in 2007 and then secured a 1 + 3 ESRC scholarship at the ESRC Centre for Research on Bilingualism. For the past four years she worked on a project assessing the acquisition of gender in Welsh in bilingual Welsh-English speaking children under the supervision of Prof. Ginny Gathercole and Dr. Enlli Thomas.

During the course of her postgraduate studies Kathryn collaborated with colleagues at Bangor on various projects relating to bilingual language acquisition and presented at two international conferences and one conference at Bangor. In 2012 she worked with Dr. Carolyn Letts on a project on bilingual language development, and collaborated with Ruth Townsley and colleagues on an assessment of provision for young people with learning difficulties in Wales. She also taught some lectures on research methods in psychology at undergraduate level at Bangor University.

Research Interests

Education in Wales – particularly education provision in rural areas and Welsh-medium education

Bilingual language acquisition and development – with a focus on the role of input and how varying levels of input in a bilingual’s languages shape the acquisition process

Current Research

Kathryn is currently involved in the newly-established WISERD Education project, and is also in the process of developing further publications from her previous work on bilingual language development.

Please click here to view Kathryn's official Cardiff University bio page.


Journal Papers

Sharp, K.M. & Gathercole, V.C.M. (2013). Can a novel word repetition task be a language-neutral assessment tool? Evidence from Welsh-English bilingual children, Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 29 (1), 77-89. Sage Publications: London.


K. Sharp, V. C. Mueller Gathercole, E.M.Thomas, & H. Stadthaghen Gonzalez -  “Morpho-Syntactic Complexity, Exposure, and Semantic Underpinnings in the Acquisition of Grammatical Gender in Welsh” 8th International Symposium on Bilingualism (ISB-8) Oslo, Norway (June 15–18, 2011)

K. Sharp - “The Ultimate Jigsaw Puzzle: Acquisition of Gender in Welsh”, 6th Celtic Linguistics Conference - University College Dublin, September 10-12, 2010

K. Sharp – “Children's productions of Welsh phones: implications for gender marking in Welsh”, First Bangor Postgraduate Conference on Bilingualism and Bimodalism, Bangor, Oct 3-4 2009



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