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11th May 2017 – Prof. Świdziński Honored

We are very pleased to announce that today Prof. Marek Świdziński was honored with the prestigious "Jan Baudouin de Courtenay Award" for his lifetime contribution to science, particularly in the area of Polish Sign Language (PLM) research. For many members of the Section for Sign Linguistics, Professor Świdziński is not only a master of his craft and a teacher, but also a reliable friend. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to him on this honor!

10th May 2017 – "The Right to Language"

We are proud to announce that the lecture "The Right to Language" presented by Dr. Pawel Rutkowski, to inaugurate the 2016/2017 academic year at the University of Warsaw, has been published in volume LXVI of the journal "Zeszyty Instytutu Problemów Współczesnej Cywilizacji". We enclose the Polish transcript of the lecture here.

30th April 2017 – Linguistics Prague 2017

On 27-29 April, Joanna Filipczak and Monika Krawczyk along with Magda Schromová and Justyna Kotowicz represented the Section for Sign Linguistics at the "Linguistics Prague 2017" conference, presenting two posters: "Grammatical status of the pointing sign ‘THIS’ in Polish Sign Language (PJM) – corpus-based study", and "Relationship between executive function and sign language skills in bilingual deaf children".
Take a look at the conference agenda and a few photos of the event.

18th April 2017 – collaboration with the Laboratory of Brain Imaging at the Nencki Institute

Collaborative efforts continue between the Section for Sign Linguistics at the University of Warsaw and the Laboratory of Brain Imaging at the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology. In April, at the Learning and Plasticity (LaP) conference in Äkäslompolo, Finland, a poster was presented entitled "Time-course of semantic processing in hearing adults during Polish Sign Language acquisition: A longitudinal study". It discusses the initial results of a study on the acquisition of PJM by hearing persons. Researchers from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow and San Diego State University have collaborated on the project together with colleagues in Warsaw. The authors of the poster presented in Finland include Anna Banaszkiewicz, Jacek Matuszewski, Łukasz Bola, Michał Szczepanik, Bartosz Kossowski, Paweł Rutkowski, Marcin Szwed, Karen Emmorey, Katarzyna Jednoróg, and Artur Marchewka.

13th April 2017 – Easter break

The Section for Sign Linguistics would like to wish everyone a wonderful Easter holiday! May this spring time be a time for rest and memorable moments with your loved ones.
The entire PLM team is taking a short break to recharge its batteries, but will be back next week with renewed energy, ready to tackle all projects.

8th April 2017 – Meeting of the "Language and Rights" Group

On 6 April in Brussels, Dr. Paweł Rutkowski took part in the meeting of the "Language and Rights" Working Group of the European Language Council. At his request, the group has decided to expand their work on the linguistic rights of immigrants, which is the focus of the group’s research, to include those of the signing community.

5th April 2017 – European Language Congress

On 12-14 May, 2017, the Polish Association for Standards in Language Education (PASE) will hold its 3rd European Language Congress entitled: "From good to great: Innovation, Inspiration, Culture." One of the speakers will be Dr. Paweł Rutkowski, who will give a presentation on "Sign Language as a Foreign Language".

25th March 2017 – Farewell Prof. Rathmann!

Prof. Christian Rathmann from the University of Hamburg visited Warsaw between 6-24 March as part of an Alexander von Humboldt scholarship awarded by the Foundation for Polish Science. His stay at our University proved extremely fruitful. It included numerous meetings, recording sessions, lectures, and discussions on future research collaboration. We are looking forward to his next visit, which will take place very soon. Thank you for these three amazing weeks!

16th March 2017 – A lecture by Prof. Rathmann

We would like to thank Prof. Rathmann for yesterday's inspirational lecture on sign language proficiency! Thank you all for attending the lecture in such great numbers and we hope you found this event interesting and useful.

15th March 2017 – Prof. Rathmann’s Warsaw visit continues

Prof. Rathmann is keeping very busy during his visit in Warsaw. From holding numerous meetings with our team members, to attending recording sessions aimed at capturing language data from native PJM users.
And he is only half way through his stay at our University!

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