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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.

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!

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: http://kilgarriff.co.uk/prize/winners/

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 – 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.

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).

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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