About Me

My name's Bethan Tovey, and I'm a PhD student in Applied Linguistics and Welsh at Swansea University. My supervisors are the amazing Steve Morris and the wonderful Tess Fitzpatrick. My research focuses on code-switching in Welsh-English bilinguals, and the implications of this for our understanding of how minority language speakers think about the languages they speak. My PhD is funded by the groundbreaking CorCenCC modern Welsh corpus project.

When I'm not PhDing, I'm a markup-languages geek. I'm on the board of Markup UK; at this year's conference I introduced the corpus of cryptic crosswords I'm building. I'm also a trained ESOL teacher, and I teach new arrivals to the UK every weekend. In a past life, I completed a DPhil in Anglo-Saxon literature, supervised by Malcolm Godden at Oxford, and then went to work for the Oxford English Dictionary.

When my brain needs a break I love various kinds of textile crafts, including weaving and embroidery. I watch sci-fi on TV while I'm crafting, so most of what I make has memories of Bajorans, Battlestars, and baby porgs embedded in it. I occasionally post pictures of my crafty products on my personal Instagram.

I split my time between Swansea, in southern Wales, and Austin, TX, where my partner lives.

You can contact me via Twitter or on email. If you're feeling businesslike, you could use my LinkedIn page.