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16th December 2016 – award for Paweł Rutkowski

We are very pleased to announce that the head of the Section for Sign Linguistics, Dr. Paweł Rutkowski, today won the Adam Kilgarriff Prize, a prestigious international award. It is given to young scholars (up to age 40) working in corpus linguistics, computer linguistics, or lexicography. More information available at:

16th December 2016 – scholarship for Małgorzata Talipska

Once again this year, Małgorzata Talipska, a member of the research team of the Section for Sign Linguistics, has won a scholarship from the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education for outstanding research achievements. We congratulate her on her continued are keeping our fingers crossed for her further career!

13th December 2016 – journal article in "Prace Bałtystyczne"

The latest issue of the journal "Prace Bałtystyczne" carries an article on sign language communication in the Baltic countries (“Komunikacja migowa Głuchych w krajach bałtyckich: perspektywa lingwistyczna”) by Joanna Bożeńska, Emilia Pomiankiewicz and Paweł Rutkowski from the Section for Sign Linguistics. It is available (in Polish) on line in the Polish version of the post.

11th December 2016 – scholarship for Marek Śmietana

We are pleased to note that Marek Ł. Śmietana from the Section for Sign Linguistics has received one of the university rector’s scholarships for the top students of the 2016/2017 academic year. Our congratulations!

9th December 2016 – visit to the University of York

At the invitation of Prof. Giuseppe Longobardi, Dr. Pawel Rutkowski paid a visit to the Department of Language and Linguistic Science at the University of York on 5-9 December. There he took part in meetings on the syntactic research being done by Prof. Longobardi’s team and delivered a lecture entitled “Corpus-based research on sign language syntax: The case of Polish Sign Language (PJM)”.

5th December 2016 – textbook for Deaf primary-school students

We have just finished work on the latest book in a series of publications issued in collaboration with the Ministry of National Education. “Nasz język polski 3.2”, by Emilia Danowska-Florczyk and Piotr Mostowski, is a primary-school textbook particularly useful for working with Deaf students, whose fluency in Polish is not as high as their hearing peers. The book will be distributed by the Ministry, but we are already making it available here. We ask you to please spread help the word to teachers working with Deaf students.

1st December 2016 – public awareness poster released

We’d like to draw attention to a public-awareness poster (in Polish) presenting basic information about Polish Sign Language (PJM), entitled “Migajmy razem!” (Let’s sign together). It was created through the efforts of the Polish Sign Language Council, whose members for the past four years (the first time of the council) have included Joanna Łacheta and Paweł Rutkowski from the Section for Sign Linguistics. The content was developed by members of the Council, and the graphic design was handled by Edyta Ołdak. The poster can be distributed without restriction, serving as a source of basic information (in Polish) about Deaf individuals and about Polish Sign Language (PJM).

1st December 2016 – Polish Sign Language Council (RPJM) term ends

The Polish Sign Language Council (RPJM) today marks the end of its first four-year term. At its last gathering on 31 August, it adopted a report on its activities in its first term, which is available for download (in Polish, in the Polish version of the post) – including all the resolutions the council passed over the entire four-year period.

29th November 2016 r. – Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science

A new article by Dr. Paweł Rutkowski about sign languages has been printed in a book published by Springer on evolutionary psychological science.

Paweł Rutkowski (2016), Sign language, in: Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science, eds. Todd K. Shackelford, Viviana A. Weekes-Shackelford, New York: Springer International Publishing (online: DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-16999-6_3323-1).

23th November 2016 – medals for UW's 200th anniversary

On 23 November, a gala event was held to mark the University of Warsaw's 200-year anniversary, at which "Medals for the 200th Anniversary of the University of Warsaw" were ceremoniously awarded. We take great pleasure in the fact that one of the medal-winners was Professor Marek Świdziński, without whose invaluable, pioneering efforts through the 1990s today's research on PJM and even the Section for Sign Linguistics itself would not exist. We were thrilled to see such esteemed recognition of Prof. Świdziński's years of hard work. Moreover, we are pleased to report that the head of the Section for Sign Linguistics, Dr. Paweł Rutkowski, also received a medal.
Here's hoping that this marks the beginning of another 200 years of sign language research at the University of Warsaw!


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