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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 plm@uw.edu.pl.

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 – 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.

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.

4th March 2017 – Language game

We’d like to invite you to try a language game involving the names of European countries in international sign language. This fun application for learning and quizzing yourself is also a good example of the sign language materials that have been collected on the website of the European Centre for Modern Languages of the Council of Europe, which we’d also like to encourage you to explore.

1st March 2017 – "PRO-Sign" Workshop

The Austrian city of Graz is holding a series of workshops entitled "PRO-Sign: Promoting Excellence in Sign Language Instruction."
The meeting is part of a project to improve the quality of sign language teaching, and the standardization of curricula and educational materials in the context of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), as well as raising awareness of the need to teach sign language in the same way as any foreign language.
The workshop is organized by the European Centre for Modern Languages of the Council of Europe.
Dr. Paweł Rutkowski, head of the Section for Sign Linguistics at the University of Warsaw, is attending the workshop.
All conference materials (including presentations) will be available here.

30th January 2017 – Language and Rights

Dr Paweł Rutkowski became a member of the “Language and Rights” Working Group set up by the European Language Council (Conseil Européen pour les Langues). It will investigate issues related to linguistic rights, particularly the communication rights of individuals who are not fluent in the language of the country where they reside: immigrants, refugees, asylum-seekers, tourists, and also members of linguistic minorities (including the Deaf). Cases in which such rights are not respected by institutions of public authority may be considered violations of the principles enshrined in such international documents as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the European Convention on Human Rights, and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.

27th January 2017 – "Supełkowe ABC"

Paweł Rutkowski appeared as an expert on several episodes of the children’s program “Supełkowe ABC” on the kid’s public television channel TVP ABC (episodes 73, 75, 79, 81, 83, 87, 88). Dr. Małgorzata Czajkowska-Kisil, an affiliate of our Section for Sign Linguistics, is also a regular consultant for the show, which we highly recommend to signing children and their parents. Individual episodes can be found here.

26th January 2017 – interview on TOK FM

On 23 January, Paweł Rutkowski was interviewed (in Polish) by the journalist Cezary Łasiczka on Radio TOK FM. A transcript of the interview (in Polish) is also available.

25th January 2017 – new transcripts

Three new transcripts (in Polish) have been posted on our website: a radio program from 12 August, a television program from 6 August, and the ”Right to Language” lecture kicking off the 2015/2017 academic year at the University of Warsaw.

24th January 2017 – interview with Dr. Rutkowski

A lengthy interview with Paweł Rutkowski (head of the Section for Sign Linguistics) was published (in Polish) in the daily newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza, on various aspects of human languages – signed and unsigned – entitled “How to Talk with a Martian”.

23rd January 2017 – bidding farewell to Prof. Johnston

We are very grateful to Professor Johnston for paying a visit to Warsaw. All the meetings were, as usual, very edifying and productive – we have all learned a lot. We gave the professor a symbolic sending-off with an informal evening out on Warsaw’s picturesque Krakowskie Przedmieście, together with members of staff.

20th January 2017 – neurobiological study gets press coverage

We are pleased to report that a number of Polish press articles have covered the neurobiological study we wrote about several days ago, the result of which have been published in one of the world’s top research journals, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), published by the United States National Academy of Sciences. Such articles can be found in the daily Gazeta Wyborcza and the weekly Newsweek Polska.

20th January 2017 – neurobiological study gets press coverage

We are pleased to report that the neurobiological study we wrote about several days ago, the result of which have been published in one of the world’s top research journals, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), published by the United States National Academy of Sciences, has gained more coverage in the Polish media: Gazeta Wyborcza and the weekly Newsweek Polska.

18th January 2017 – popular-science article in 'Academia' magazine

A popular-science article by Paweł Rutkowski on the Deaf in Poland and on Polish Sign Language (PJM) has been published (in Polish) in 'Academia: The Magazine of the Polish Academy of Sciences'. An English version is on the way soon!

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11th January 2017 – study on rhythm processing in the brain

The results of a recent study on rhythm processing in the brains of hearing and Deaf individuals, carried out by Jagiellonian University scholars with our modest involvement, are discussed in a research article just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (with Paweł Rutkowski and Piotr Mostowski from our Section for Sign Linguistics as co-authors). The findings are also discussed in a press article, a radio program, and a film (all in Polish).

10th January 2017 – Professor Trevor Johnston back in Warsaw

A month and a half have passed since Prof. Trevor Johnston last visited, and he is now once again back in Warsaw. Yesterday we had the first working meeting to kick off two weeks of hard work together, dealing with various issues of the PJM corpus. We are extremely pleased to have him back with us.

23rd December 2016 – Czech-Polish project secures funding

The Czech association “Neslyšící s nadějí” received a subsidy from the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the project “Tichý svět blízkých sousedů” (“The Quiet World of Close Neighbors”), under the framework of the Czech-Polish forum. The Section for Sign Linguistics is the Polish partner of the project.

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