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Call for corpus research participants

We would like to encourage all interested Deaf users of PJM to take part in our corpus research. The participation form (in Polish) can be found here.

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28th March 2018 – grant for Marek Śmietana

We wish to congratulate Marek Śmietana for winning a grant from the “Universitatis Varsoviensis” Foundation for Students and Graduates of the University of Warsaw! The grant will fund Marek’s project entitled “Stereotypes about the Deaf among hearing Poles”. More information is available here.

13h March 2018 – interview with Dr. Rutkowski

The Slovenian linguistics journal Slovenščina 2.0 has published a 20-page interview with Dr. Paweł Rutkowski, relating to many aspects of the work of the UW Section for Sign Linguistics. We encourage you to have a look.

6th March 2018 – announcement of the "Language Rights: Issues and Good Practices" conference

On 21-22 September 2018, the UW Section for Sign Linguistics in collaboration with the European Language Council is organizing an international conference in Warsaw entitled “Language Rights: Issues and Good Practices”. The focus will be on language rights (pertaining to both phonic languages and sign languages) as reflected in healthcare, education, social services, contacts with the law-enforcement and justice system, migration and asylum-seeking. Paper proposals can be submitted until the end of May. The languages of the conference will be English and Polish Sign Language (PJM). More information available here.

5th March 2018 – visit by guests from Czech Republic

From 28 February to 2 March, the UW Section for Sign Linguistics was honored to host Jakub Jehlička, Hana Prokšová and Lucie Stanovská from Charles University in Prague. They participated in working meetings with our team and presented their own research to UW students. Our colleagues from Prague are planning to launch work on creating a corpus for Czech Sign Language, modeled after the Polish Sign Language corpus. It is perhaps worth noting that the corpus put together by our team is currently one of the two largest such corpora in the world.

3rd March 2018 – article on the Deaf at Polish higher-education institutions

An article (in Polish) by Paweł Rutkowski and Małgorzata Talipska from the UW Section for Sign Linguistics has appeared in the book "Edukacja niesłyszących – wczoraj, dziś i jutro" [Education of the Hearing Impaired – Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow] published by the University of Humanities and Economics in Łódź.

2nd March 2018 – "Let's Sign Together" poster

We are proud to present the English version of an informational poster that was created in collaboration with the Polish Council for Sign Language (during its first term) with Edyta Ołdak from the "Z Siedzibą w Warszawie" Association (who designed the poster). The poster is freely available for download, printing and publication under an open license, so we encourage you to pin it up and spread the word!

28th February 2018 – more materials developed in collaboration with the Polish Ministry of Education

We are very pleased to announce that more products of our work at the UW Section for Sign Linguistics have appeared on the Polish Ministry of Education website: a set of exercise books for the general education curriculum (created by our team from scratch and adapted for the educational needs and psychophysical capabilities of pupils with disabilities, encountering difficulties in learning or communication) and a book in the "Język polski na plus" series about the Polish language. More details and links to the materials can be found here.

23rd February 2018 – books for teaching Polish Sign Language in primary school now available!

Today’s press briefing at the Polish Ministry of National Education, launching a set of books for teaching sign language to students in the first to third grades of primary school, can be watched online here. The applications themselves are available for download here.

22nd February 2018 – "Sign With Us!"

We are proud to report that a project we have been working on in recent months for the Polish Ministry of Education will have its grand premiere tomorrow! Namely, a set of books for teaching Polish Sign Language (PJM) to students in the first to third grades of primary school will be released on the Ministry website.
The series, entitled “Migaj razem z nami” [Sign With Us], provides a complete set of materials for two years of study in school, even for children that have not yet had any contact with signing. The sign language course was developed by a team of (both Deaf and hearing) specialists in Deaf education and sign linguistics. Each of the parts was prepared as a separate multimedia application that can be used on a computer – both in the classroom and at home.
On 23 February 2018, at 10:00 AM, a press briefing about the course will be held at the Education Ministry building, involving Anna Zalewska, the Minister of National Education. Also taking part will be Dr. Paweł Rutkowski from the UW Section for Sign Linguistics and the authors of the books for learning sign language: Joanna Filipczak, Małgorzata Limanówka and Monika Dobrowolska. More information is available here.

8th February 2018 – collaborative project with the Polish Ministry of Education to be announced

We are proud to note that the UW Section for Sign Linguistics continues to develop its collaborative ties with the Polish Ministry of National Education. In the near future we look forward to being able to present a major project to the wider public, on which we have been working hard for the past few months. We hope that you will find it to your liking and that it will help some of you in your day-to-day work.

22nd January 2018 – gathering of the "Language and Rights" group

In Brussels in recent days, Dr. Paweł Rutkowski (head of the Section for Sign Linguistics) participated in a session of the “Language and Rights” workgroup set up by the European Language Council (Conseil Européen pour les Langues). Issues related to sign languages often came up in the discussion about the further activities of the group (including putting together a report with recommendations). We are pleased to announce that the next session of the “Language and Rights” group will take place in Warsaw in September 2018. It will be accompanied by a conference addressing the issue of language rights.

21st December 2017 – Season’s Greetings!

We at the Section for Sign Linguistics would like to extend our most heartfelt wishes in connection with the upcoming Christmas holidays.

18th December 2017 – radio interview on TOK FM

Dr. Paweł Rutkowski, head of the Section for Sign Linguistics, was interviewed on sign languages by the journalist Karolina Głowacka on the Polish radio channel TOK FM. The show can be listened to (in Polish) or read (in Polish transcription) here.

14th December 2017 – stipend for Marek Śmietana

This year our colleague, Marek Śmietana, was among the winners of a prestigious stipend from the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education for outstanding research achievements. We extend our greatest congratulations on his success and are keeping our fingers crossed for the further development of his research career!

16th November 2017 – multimedia course in PJM for grades I-III

At the behest of the Polish Ministry of National Education, the Section for Sign Linguistics is carrying out a project to develop a multimedia course in Polish Sign Language (PJM) for students in grades I-III. The course will consist of four parts, covering two levels of fluency (A1 and A2). The materials are being developed by an expert team consisting of Joanna Filipczak, Monika Grabowska-Dobrowolska and Małgorzata Lilmanówka. Work is now underway on recording texts in PJM, being signed by Monika Krawczyk, Artur Werbel and Joanna Łacheta. We are very pleased that we are able to create more and more materials for Deaf grade-school students! Have a look at a few images showing recent recording sessions.

11th November 2017 – TechLING’17 conference

A paper entitled "Corpus data as a basis for translating textbooks for deaf pupils into Polish Sign Language" by Paweł Rutkowski and Piotr Mostowski was presented at the "2nd International Conference on Languages, Linguistics and Technology: New Trends in Language Teaching, Interpreting and Translation – TechLING’17" organized by the University of Bologna (the oldest university in Europe) at its Forlì campus on 10 November 2017.

31st October 2017 – journal article in "Trendy"

The latest issue of the online education journal "Trendy" carries an article (in Polish) on “Polish Sign Language as a Tool Against Exclusion” by Paweł Rutkowski and Piotr Mostowski. Have a look!

30th October 2017 – PASE conference

On 21 October 2017, Paweł Rutkowski was a guest at the conference on “Teaching Foreign Languages to Children with Special Educational Needs", at which he delivered a paper entitled “Language Education for Signing Children”. The conference was organized by the Polish Association for the Study of Foreign Languages (PASE).

29th October 2017 – school textbook adaptations for the Polish Ministry of Education

The Polish Ministry of National Education recently announced that two school textbook adaptations, developed for students with special educational needs by the Section for Sign Linguistics, have been approved for use. Please help us spread the word to students and teachers who may benefit from the adaptations!

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