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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!

14th March 2017 – The 2017 eLex Conference

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Pawel Rutkowski has been invited to deliver a plenary lecture at one of the most important conferences on lexicography in the world – the 2017 eLex Conference (Electronic Lexicography in the 21st century: Lexicography from Scratch). More information here.

13th March 2017 – We are seeking deaf women to take part in the FMRI and TMS studies

The Section for Sign Linguistics and the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology are seeking volunteers to take part in FMRI and TMS resonance studies.
We are looking for deaf women (from deaf families), right-handed, aged between 20-30.
The study lasts 2 days. Participants will be compensated for taking part in the study.
Participants from outside Warsaw will receive compensation for travel costs and accommodation in the Institute.
More information in Polish and the PJM version are available here.

10th March 2017 – A lecture by Prof. Christian Rathmann

We would like to inform you that on Wednesday, 15 March at 11.30 am in room 207 of the former UW Library (Central Campus), Prof. Christian Rathmann of the University of Hamburg will hold a lecture entitled "CEFR for Sign Languages: The State of Art". The lecture will be signed in IS (International Sign). An English translation will also be provided. All are welcome. For organizational reasons, please register your plans to attend by writing us at

8th March 2017 – A grant for Małgorzata Talipska

We are pleased to inform you that our colleague Małgorzata Talipska has won a grant by the Universitatis Varsoviensis Foundation for a project entitled "Respect for the Rights and Civil Liberties of Adult Learners attending Special Schools for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, taking into account their language situation." Congratulations!

6th March 2017 – Prof. Christian Rathmann in Warsaw

For the next three weeks, the Section for Sign Linguistics will host Prof. Christian Rathmann from Hamburg. He is staying in Poland thanks to an Honorary Alexander von Humboldt Scholarship awarded by the Foundation for Polish Science. Together with the PLM team, he will work on the project "Language plasticity in PJM signers in the context of IS communication". We are very excited about collaborating with him.

6th March 2017 – Conference on Endangered Languages

On 2-5 March, members of the Section for Sign Linguistics at the University of Warsaw took part in the International Conference on Language Documentation & Conservation at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in the United States. We gave two presentations: an electronic poster on managing the work of annotators, entitled "Issue Tracking Systems in Quality Management of Sign Language Corpus Data Annotation", and "In Search of Citation Forms: A preliminary corpus-based study of phonological variants in Polish Sign Language (PJM)", where we presented the results of a study on the lexical variants in PJM
The conference was very inspiring and we learned a lot about the protection of endangered languages.


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