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 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.

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.

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!

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.

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.


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