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30th September 2016 – new corpus logo

To mark the occasion of our 50th studio recording session of material for the PJM corpus, we are reactivating its Facebook page! To get the ball rolling, we are unveiling the new logo of the corpus. If you like it, we'd appreciate it if you could take a moment to give it a “thumbs-up”!

26th September 2016 – COST report

We are proud to learn that the latest COST report (European Cooperation in Science & Technology) entitled "Investing in Europe's diversity" cited the SignGram action, which the Section for Sign Linguistics participated in, as an example of a very successful research project.

24th September 2016 – 70th anniversary of the Polish Association of the Deaf

The Section for Sign Linguistics has received a commemorative statuette in connection with the 70th anniversary of the Polish Association of the Deaf (PZG) and 140th anniversary of the Deaf Movement in Poland. Grateful for this token of appreciation for our research work, we congratulate the Association on this momentous anniversary!

24th September 2016 – International Day of the Deaf

Today is International Day of the Deaf! To mark the occasion, the Polish Association of the Deaf prepared the huge campaign entitled “Poland is All Ears” [Polska zamienia się w słuch], an initiative which we fully support. Have a look at the television programs and online ads prepared especially for the event.

23th September 2016 – check out the "Widzi-mi-się" project

We would like to encourage everyone interested to take part in the “Widzi-mi-się: Fotografia dla dzieci” project involving photography for children. The events making up the project will be translated into PJM.

21th September 2016 – inauguration of the new academic year

We take pride in reporting that this year’s inaugural lecture kicking off the new academic year at the University of Warsaw will be delivered by none other than our section leader, Dr. Paweł Rutkowski! We congratulate Paweł on receiving the honor. The lecture, entitled “The Right to Language”, will take place on 30 September at the Auditorium Maximum and will be translated into PJM!

19th September 2016 – interview on deaf culture in "Przewodnik Katolicki"

An interview which Dr. Paweł Rutkowski gave (in Polish) to the weekly magazine "Przewodnik Katolicki", discussing Deaf culture and the importance of sign language, is available here.

17th September 2016 – "De-Sign Bilingual" study

Preliminary results have been released from the two-year study entitled "De-Sign Bilingual", under which data was gathered in 39 European countries about Deaf education taking place in a bilingual configuration (systematically using both a spoken language and a sign language). Note that this approach is now being successfully applied in more and more schools in Europe. The latest data is available in the form of maps.

9th September 2016 – article on parts of speech in the Corpus-based Dictionary of Polish Sign Language

A new paper on issues in PJM lexicography, by Jadwiga Linde-Usiekniewicz and Paweł Rutkowski, entitled “The division into parts of speech in the Corpus-based Dictionary of Polish Sign Language", which the authors delivered at the 17th International EURALEX Congress, is available here.

7th September 2016 – lab meeting at the Nencki Institute

On 7 September, members of the Section for Sign Linguistics took part in the first lab meeting after the summer vacation at the Laboratory of Brain Imaging (Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, Polish Academy of Sciences), at which Justyna Kotowicz from the Jagiellonian University and Pedagogical University in Kraków delivered a lecture on “Executive functions and Polish Sign Language”.
Thanks for the inspiring meeting!

5th September 2016 – FEAST conference

On 1-2 September, the fifth edition of the "Formal and Experimental Advances in Sign language Theory" (FEAST) conference took place in Venice.

A representative of the Section for Sign Linguistics, Magda Schromová, together with Justyna Kotowicz from the Jagiellonian University and Pedagogical University in Kraków and also Bencie Woll, Rosalind Herman, Maria Kielar-Turska and Joanna Łacheta, presented a joint paper entitled: "The relationship between Executive Function and sign language skills in school-aged deaf children". The paper discusses the results of research on the link between higher cognitive functions (executive functions) and PJM competence in Deaf children.

Congratulations!

4th September 2016 – publication of the Corpus-based Dictionary of Polish Sign Language

In connection with the fifth edition of the “Głusi Mają Głos” (The Deaf Have a Voice) conference, held under the patronage of the Section for Sign Linguistics, we are proud to present the outcome of several years of work: the Corpus-based Dictionary of Polish Sign Language. Our team created the dictionary from the ground up, and it is making its debut today!
The dictionary is already freely accessible online at

www.slownikpjm.uw.edu.pl/en

We encourage you to delve right in and give it a try!

22th August 2016 – "Signs and Structures" review

Volume 16:4 of the journal Sign Language Studies (one of the leading international periodicals devoted to sign linguistics) carries a review of the book Signs and Structures edited by Paweł Rutkowski (head of the Section for Sign Linguistics). The review, written by Vadim Kimmelman from the University of Amsterdam, is available here.

19th August 2016 – interview in connection with FNP's 25th anniversary

Did you know that the Foundation for Polish Science (FNP), one of our grant providers, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year? The occasion is being celebrated with a cycle of interviews with prominent FNP grant-winners. One of those interviews featured our very own Dr. Paweł Rutkowski, available here (in English).

18th August 2016 – map of sign language research centers

We present a map of research centers in the world studying sign linguistics. Note how the Section for Sign Linguistics, University of Warsaw, is one of just a few such research units in Central and Eastern Europe dealing with the subject.

12th August 2016 – interview on Polish Radio Program 2

Dr. Paweł Rutkowski will be giving an interview to Katarzyna Kobylecka on 12 August 2016 at 10:30 PM on Polish Radio Program 2, in the "Treasury of Polish Science" series.

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6th August 2016 – "I Sign, Therefore I Am"

The weekly Polityka has published the latest issue of its psychological supplement "JA MY ONI", carrying an article entitled "I Sign, Therefore I Am" by Paweł Walewski based on interviews with Bartosz Marganiec and Paweł Rutkowski.

5th August 2016 – sign language featured on the "Misja: Integracja" program

We'd like to remind you that tomorrow (6 August) at 8:55 the program "Misja: Integracja" will feature team members from the Section for Sign Linguistics. The full program will be translated into PJM. For those interested, information about the upcoming program is available here to read and watch!

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4th August 2016 – sign language featured on the "Misja: Integracja" program

The upcoming episode of the program "Misja: Integracja" program on TVP3 will be devoted entirely to Deaf issues, PJM and the activities of the Section for Sign Linguistics. Tune in on Saturday (6 August) at 8:55 AM or Monday (8 August) at 9:15 AM (rerun). The full program will be translated into PJM.

20th July 2016 – looking for corpus recording participants

The Sign Language Section is looking for Deaf users of PJM to participate in recording corpus materials. Full information in the vlog.

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