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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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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!

28th June 2017 – Gathering of the Polish Parliamentary Group for Deaf Affairs

On 27 June, Dr. Paweł Rutkowski delivered a paper entitled “Polish Sign Language (PJM) and signed Polish (SJM) from the linguistic perspective” to a session of the Polish Parliamentary Group for Deaf Affairs. This presentation made by the head of our Section for Sign Linguistics to Polish members of parliament served as a prelude to a discussion on the need to amend the “Act on Sign Language and Other Means of Communication” involving representatives of several ministries, organizations and associations of Deaf people and CODAs, and the chairwoman of the Group, MP Kornelia Wróblewska. We hope that this meeting will represent a step towards fostering even broader collaboration among all those interested in the communication rights of sign language users.

22nd June 2017 – FEAST conference

Magda Schromová from the Section for Sign Linguistics and Justyna Kotowicz from the Pedagogical University in Kraków participated in the conference ‘Formal and Experimental Advances in Sign Language Theory’ (FEAST) held in Iceland. On 21 June they presented their poster entitled “Executive function in deaf native signing children: the relationship of language experience and cognition”, developed in collaboration with Bencie Woll, Rosalinda Herman, Maria Kielar-Turska and Joanna Łacheta. Some photos from the event are available, and the website of the conference is here.

22nd June 2017 – FEAST conference

Magda Schromová from the Section for Sign Linguistics and Justyna Kotowicz from the Pedagogical University in Kraków participated in the conference ‘Formal and Experimental Advances in Sign Language Theory’ (FEAST) held in Iceland. On 21 June they presented their poster entitled “Executive function in deaf native signing children: the relationship of language experience and cognition”, developed in collaboration with Bencie Woll, Rosalinda Herman, Maria Kielar-Turska and Joanna Łacheta. Some photos from the event are available, and the website of the conference is here.

20th June 2017 – OHBM conference

We are pleased to announce that during The Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM) Annual Meeting" a prestigious gathering that will be held in Vancouver, Canada, two poster sessions will be presented, summing up collaborative work done by the Section for Sign Linguistics (University of Warsaw), the Nencki Institute (Polish Academy of Sciences) and the Institute of Psychology (Jagiellonian University):
- Task-specific reorganization of the auditory cortex in deaf humans (27 June 2017, authors: Łukasz Bola, Maria Zimmermann, Piotr Mostowski, Katarzyna Jednoróg, Artur Marchewka, Paweł Rutkowski, Marcin Szwed)
- Time-course of semantic processing in hearing adults during Polish Sign Language acquisition: A longitudinal study (29 June 2017 r., authors: Anna Banaszkiewicz, Jacek Matuszewski, Łukasz Bola, Michał Szczepanik, Bartosz Kossowski, Paweł Rutkowski, Marcin Szwed, Karen Emmorey, Katarzyna Jednoróg, Artur Marchewka).

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