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23th November 2016 – meeting with Professor Trevor Johnston

Members of our team are now meeting with Prof. Trevor Johnston on virtually a daily basis, discussing and comparing the annotation methods implemented in the PJM and Auslan corpora, seeking to develop the best solutions for annotating the PJM corpus. Recent meetings have involved the evaluation of elicitation sentences, the problem of dividing up the linguistic material in a corpus into "clause-like units", and the classification of indicative signs.
We'd like to thank Professor Johnston for much inspiration and a lot of valuable pointers that will definitely help us improve what we do.

23th November 2016 – lecture by Professor Trevor Johnston

We are grateful to Prof. Johnston for giving a very interesting lecture on "The uses and limitations of sign language corpora".

17th November 2016 – invitation to a lecture by Professor Trevor Johnston

On Wednesday 23 November, at 11:30 a.m., Prof. Trevor Johnston (Sydney, Australia) will deliver a lecture on "The uses and limitations of sign language corpora". The lecture will be held in room 207 (second floor) of the Old Library building (central campus of the University of Warsaw, at the address of Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28).

17th November 2016 – "Bilingual Child Migrants in a Multilingual Europe" conference

We are pleased to report that on 16 November, at the conference entitled "Bilingual Child Migrants in a Multilingual Europe: COST New Speakers Workshop" organized at the University of Warsaw, Magda Schromová from the Section for Sign Linguistics and Justyna Kotowicz presented a joint poster on the "Relationship between executive function and sign language skills in school-aged deaf children". Reporting their findings from studying children using Polish Sign Language (PJM), the poster enjoyed considerable interest. The authors were invited by Asst. Prof. Agnieszka Otwinowska-Kasztelanic to present their findings at the University of Warsaw's Institute of English Studies.
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14th November 2016 – Professor Trevor Johnston begins visit to Warsaw

We would like to extend a big welcome to Prof. Trevor Johnston, now in Warsaw!

This marks the beginning of another research visit to our University by one of the leading specialists in sign language research. The visit is made possible by the grant "Multilevel linguistic annotation of the Polish Sign Language Corpus", awarded to Dr. Rutkowski by the Polish National Program for the Development of the Humanities. Prof. Johnston will stay for two weeks, participating in a range of meetings with members of our Section for Sign Linguistics and giving two lectures on particular issues in his research. One of them will be open to all interested listeners (detailed information will be released soon).
Here you can have a look at some photos from today's meeting.
Prof. Johnston will be paying his next visit to Warsaw in January!

28th October 2016 – VCC conference

At the "International Symposium on Verbs, Clauses and Constructions" held at the University of La Rioja on 26-28 October, our Section for Sign Linguistics was represented by Joanna Filipczak and Monika Krawczyk. They delivered a paper entitled "How ‘THIS’ is used? A preliminary corpus-based study of pointing signs in PJM", in Polish Sign Language (PJM) with simultaneous translation into English.
Here you can have a look at some photos from Spain.

11th October 2016 – new Deaf-related Polish words recognized

We are pleased to report that the "Language Observatory" at the University of Warsaw, which keeps track of the latest newcomers to the Polish lexicon, has recently cataloged the terms audyzm ("audism"), CODA, KODA, and kodak (for "child of deaf adult") and Głuchy (the capitalized form of the adjective "Deaf"). That shows that these words have now carved out a certain place for themselves in the Polish language, presumably as a reflection of growing public awareness of the underlying issues.
The definitions (in Polish) are available below.

7th October 2016 – inaugural lecture by Dr. Rutkowski

The inaugural lecture given to launch the 2016/2017 academic year at the University of Warsaw, by Dr. Paweł Rutkowski, is now available online here. The ceremony and lecture, which was streamed live and can now be viewed on the University’s YouTube channel, was interpreted live into PJM.

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5th October 2016 – conference on "Effective Inclusive Education"

On 7 October 2016, the Polish Ministry of National Education will hold an international conference on “Effective Inclusive Education” involving experts from the European Agency for Special Needs and Inclusive Education. The objective of the conference was to facilitate the exchanging of experience and the promotion of good practices helping to boost the effectiveness of inclusive education for all students – both those with special education needs, and their fully-abled peers. The conference was transmitted online, together with live interpretation into PJM.

4th October 2016 – new academic year inaugurated

The 2016/2017 academic year has now been inaugurated by His Magnificence, the Rector Marcin Pałys. So inspired, we have now set about our research work with renewed energy in this new academic year. Some photos from the event are available in the Polish version of the post.

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