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11th May 2017 – Prof. Świdziński Honored

We are very pleased to announce that today Prof. Marek Świdziński was honored with the prestigious "Jan Baudouin de Courtenay Award" for his lifetime contribution to science, particularly in the area of Polish Sign Language (PLM) research. For many members of the Section for Sign Linguistics, Professor Świdziński is not only a master of his craft and a teacher, but also a reliable friend. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to him on this honor!

10th May 2017 – "The Right to Language"

We are proud to announce that the lecture "The Right to Language" presented by Dr. Pawel Rutkowski, to inaugurate the 2016/2017 academic year at the University of Warsaw, has been published in volume LXVI of the journal "Zeszyty Instytutu Problemów Współczesnej Cywilizacji". We enclose the Polish transcript of the lecture here.

30th April 2017 – Linguistics Prague 2017

On 27-29 April, Joanna Filipczak and Monika Krawczyk along with Magda Schromová and Justyna Kotowicz represented the Section for Sign Linguistics at the "Linguistics Prague 2017" conference, presenting two posters: "Grammatical status of the pointing sign ‘THIS’ in Polish Sign Language (PJM) – corpus-based study", and "Relationship between executive function and sign language skills in bilingual deaf children".
Take a look at the conference agenda and a few photos of the event.

18th April 2017 – collaboration with the Laboratory of Brain Imaging at the Nencki Institute

Collaborative efforts continue between the Section for Sign Linguistics at the University of Warsaw and the Laboratory of Brain Imaging at the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology. In April, at the Learning and Plasticity (LaP) conference in Äkäslompolo, Finland, a poster was presented entitled "Time-course of semantic processing in hearing adults during Polish Sign Language acquisition: A longitudinal study". It discusses the initial results of a study on the acquisition of PJM by hearing persons. Researchers from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow and San Diego State University have collaborated on the project together with colleagues in Warsaw. The authors of the poster presented in Finland include Anna Banaszkiewicz, Jacek Matuszewski, Łukasz Bola, Michał Szczepanik, Bartosz Kossowski, Paweł Rutkowski, Marcin Szwed, Karen Emmorey, Katarzyna Jednoróg, and Artur Marchewka.

13th April 2017 – Easter break

The Section for Sign Linguistics would like to wish everyone a wonderful Easter holiday! May this spring time be a time for rest and memorable moments with your loved ones.
The entire PLM team is taking a short break to recharge its batteries, but will be back next week with renewed energy, ready to tackle all projects.

8th April 2017 – Meeting of the "Language and Rights" Group

On 6 April in Brussels, Dr. Paweł Rutkowski took part in the meeting of the "Language and Rights" Working Group of the European Language Council. At his request, the group has decided to expand their work on the linguistic rights of immigrants, which is the focus of the group’s research, to include those of the signing community.

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.

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.


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