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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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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!

18th October 2017 – lecture at the eLex conference

The lecture "Sign language as a challenge to electronic lexicography: The Corpus-based Dictionary of Polish Sign Language and beyond", which Paweł Rutkowski delivered at the eLex 2017 conference in Leiden in the Netherlands, has been posted (with International Sign translation) on the conference’s YouTube channel.

11th October 2017 – "Multi-layered linguistic annotation of the corpus of Polish Sign Language (PJM)"

The presentation "Multi-layered linguistic annotation of the corpus of Polish Sign Language (PJM)" met with a warm reception from participants at the SIGN8 conference. We thank the organizers for the opportunity to participate in the conference, an important event for the world Deaf community.

10th October 2017 – SIGN8 conference

Marek Śmietana, Paweł Rutkowski and Anna Kuder from the UW Section for Sign Linguistics are participating in the SIGN8 conference in Florianopolis, Brazil, to deliver a paper entitled "Multi-layered linguistic annotation of the corpus of Polish Sign Language (PJM)". The official languages of the conference are International Sign and Brazilian Sign Language (Libras).

The next edition of the international conference will most likely take place in Warsaw. Already now, we’d like to invite everyone interested to come and participate!

9th October 2017 – lecture at the PAS Institute of Computer Science

The YouTube channel of the Institute of Computer Science, Polish Academy of Sciences, has posted a recording of Paweł Rutkowski’s lecture (in Polish) entitled “Polish Sign Language from the perspective of corpus linguistics”, delivered at

2nd October 2017 – visit to Budapest

On 25-29 September, Paweł Rutkowski was a guest at the Gusztáv Bárczi Faculty of Special Education, Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest. Aside from lectures and discussions with researchers (deaf education specialists and cognitivists), the agenda for the visit also included meetings at a school for the Deaf in Budapest and at the Department of Disabled Affairs, Hungarian Ministry of Human Resources (whose responsibilities include the field of education). Paweł Rutkowski presented educational materials in Polish Sign Language (PJM) which the UW Section for Sign Linguistics team has been preparing on commission for the Polish Ministry of National Education for three years now. These textbook adaptations met with great interest and a positive reception. Such materials are not currently available in Hungary, but as of 1 September 2017 a law imposes an obligation on schools to ensure that every child with a hearing deficiency has access to bilingual education.

30th September 2017 – Bicentennial of the Institute for the Deaf

On 23 September 2017, during an international conference to celebrate the bicentennial of the Institute for the Deaf in Warsaw (entitled "The deaf and the hard of hearing in the perspective of tradition, the present and the future"), Dr Paweł Rutkowski presented a paper entitled "Textbooks in Polish Sign Language". The first, fourth and seventh grade textbooks in Polish Sign Language are now available through the Educational Information System of the Ministry of Education. Congratulations to the Institute for the Deaf on its 200th anniversary!

29th September 2017 – Dr Rutkowski presents at the Linguistic Engineering Group seminar

We are proud to announce that on 2 October (Monday) at 10:15am during the first seminar of the 2017-2018 academic year, entitled "Natural Language Processing" (PAS Institute of Computer Science at ul. Jana Kazimierza 5 in Warsaw, ground floor), Dr Paweł Rutkowski will give a lecture on "Polish sign language from the perspective of corpus linguistics".
Lecture summary: "Polish Sign Language is a fully functional visual-spatial language used by the deaf community in Poland. Its origins date back to the 1820s, when the first school for the deaf was established in Poland. Until recently, it was rarely included in linguistic research. The purpose of this lecture is to present a research project aimed at developing a comprehensive and representative corpus of Polish Sign Language.

19th September 2017 – 2017 eLex Conference

Dr Paweł Rutkowski is in the Netherlands at the eLex Conference 2017. We are pleased to announce that the lecture "Sign language as a challenge to electronic lexicography: The Corpus-based Dictionary of Polish Sign Language and beyond", which he will present tomorrow (20 September) at 5:00pm, will be broadcast live (along with International Sign translation) on the conference’s YouTube channel.

15th September 2017 – educational materials for fourth and seventh grades

We are pleased to announce that educational materials for children with special needs are now available in the Educational Information System of the Ministry of Education (including Polish Sign Language translations), which were developed by the Section for Sign Linguistics based on a dozen textb

25th August 2017 – journal article in Horyzonty Wychowania

The latest issue of the education journal "Horyzonty Wychowania" includes an article written by Sylwia Łozińska and Pawel Rutkowski, entitled "Sign Language, the source of social memory for the Deaf", available here (in Polish).

19th August 2017 – Corpus-based Dictionary of Polish Sign Language on dictionaryportal.eu

The international website dictionaryportal.eu (the database of key contemporary European dictionaries) added the Corpus-based Dictionary of Polish Sign Language to its database:

1st August 2017 – article in Kernerman Dictionary News

The latest issue of the journal Kernerman Dictionary News (devoted to the latest developments in lexicography) discusses Dr. Paweł Rutkowski’s winning of the Adam Kilgarriff Prize. The issue also carries a text by Paweł Rutkowski entitled “The Corpus of Polish Sign Language and the Corpus-based Dictionary of Polish Sign Language”, available here.

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25th July 2017 – conference in Birmingham

On 24 July, one of the plenary sessions at the international workshop entitled "Corpus-based approaches to sign language linguistics: Into the second decade" was a paper entitled "Lexical frequency in Polish Sign Language: A corpus-based study" (by Piotr Mostowski, Joanna Filipczak, Anna Kuder and Paweł Rutkowski). It presented the latest observations concerning the frequency of occurrence of individual PJM signs in the PJM corpus. Interestingly, during the workshop it became clear that the size of the PJM corpus being developed by the Section for Sign Linguistics at the University of Warsaw recently caught up to that of the world’s largest sign language corpus, the DGS corpus developed in Hamburg. The two corpora now each have 425 000 annotated signs.

These workshops dealing with sign languages (involving leading specialists in the field of corpus linguistics) are part of the 9th International Corpus Linguistics Conference taking place in Birmingham in the United Kingdom.

21st July 2017 – workshop for new corpus annotators

Summer is in full swing, university students are off on summer break, the University itself is empty… but we at the Section for Sign Linguistics are certainly not slowing down or resting on our laurels. Today we held workshops for candidates to become new annotators. Our potential new associates found out what the PJM corpus is, what it looks like, and they learned about how the annotation process works. The workshops were led by the ever-reliable Joanna Filipczak, Joanna Rydzewska Łagodzińska, Magda Schromová, Iwona Krawczuk, Monika Krawczyk, Natalia Pietrzak, and Monika Lament. We thank everyone for all their efforts and we hope for fruitful collaboration in the future!

14th July 2017 – "Nasz język polski 3.2"

The latest book for primary school education adapted for Deaf students, “Nasz język polski 3.2” by Emilia Danowska-Florczyk and Piotr Mostowski, has now become available. The book is primarily designed for use by Deaf students who have not attained the same degree of fluency in Polish as their hearing peers. Please help us spread the word to all primary teachers who work with Deaf students, and you can have a look at the publication yourself.

3rd July 2017 – Setting the bar high

This year’s recruitment cycle at the University of Warsaw features profiles of academic teachers working at various Faculties of the university. Today’s segment presents the head of our Section for Sign Linguistics, Dr. Paweł Rutkowski. Have a look at the article!

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