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15th June 2016 – adaptation of the textbook "Nasz Elementarz" with PJM translation now downloadable

In response to many inquiries concerning school textbooks translated into PJM, we’d like to remind you that multimedia (signed) adaptations of the books currently being used in grades I-III are available on the Ministry of National Education’s website.
Please spread the word to people who may be interested. Unfortunately, we are hearing reports that many Deaf students and their teachers do not know that the signed adaptations created by the Section for Sign Linguistics are available free of charge.

11th June 2016 – summary of the academic year

This past Friday we officially drew the 2015/2016 academic year to a close! Members and friends of the Section for Sign Linguistics met on a riverside beach in Warsaw to sum up this year’s achievements – and there were quite a number of them. We’d like to thank everyone for 10 months of hard work, and we are happy you are with us! We hope to meet again in the new academic year, in numbers at least as great. Take a look at some photos from the event.

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10th June 2016 – guest from the Czech Republic

On 10 June, the Section for Sign Linguistics hosted Roman Lupoměský, chairman of the Czech association "Neslyšící s nadějí". The discussion considered possible cooperation in organizing Polish-Czech conferences dealing with the Deaf community and sign languages. Thanks for the inspiring visit!

6th June 2016 – school textbooks translated into PJM

We have spent several months working hard, and at long last we can proudly show off the results!

On 6 June, the Institute for Special Pedagogy of the Pedagogical University in Kraków organized a conference and research seminar entitled “Who is a deaf education specialist, and who should they be?” Paweł Rutkowski delivered a presentation on the project carried out by the Section for Sign Linguistics, at the behest of the Ministry of National Education, to translate fourth-grade and seventh-grade school textbooks.

5th June 2016 – Interdisciplinary Conference on the Study of Language

On 5 June, as part of the “Interdisciplinary Conference on the Study of Language”, organized by the Interdisciplinary Group for the Study of Language affiliated with the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Warsaw, Paweł Rutkowski delivered an introductory lecture entitled “On interdisciplinarity in research on signed communication”. The conference also included a workshop on Polish Sign Language (PJM) led by Piotr Krzysztofiak.

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4th June 2016 – "Breaking the Silence" conference

On 4 June, Paweł Rutkowski was a guest at the "Breaking the silence” conference organized at the Infant Jesus Hospital in Warsaw, as part of the Standing Program for Medical Education (SCOME) of the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA) branch in Warsaw.

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30th May 2016 – corpus workshop

We’ve had another hardworking weekend! On Saturday and Sunday we hosted candidates to become new annotators for the PJM corpus – one of the largest sign language corpora in the world.

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21th May 2016 – next workshop with STPJM

For a second time we organized interpreting workshops in conjunction with the Association of Polish Sign Language Interpreters (STPJM). We are very pleased that our collaborative ties continue to develop, and glad that the PJM corpus is being used in line with it intended purpose. We’ve posted some photos and a short film from the event.

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21th May 2016 – article on the “Science in Poland” website

Another article (in Polish) about PJM, in connection with the University of Warsaw’s 200th anniversary, can be found here.

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18th May 2016 – interview on Radio Kampus

Dr. Pawel Rutkowski gave a short interview to Radio Kampus in connection with the 200th anniversary of the University of Warsaw.

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16th May 2016 – Prof. Karen Emmorey in Warsaw

On 15 May 2016 we held a first meeting involving Professor Karen Emmorey from San Diego State University and members of the Laboratory of Brain Imaging (Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, Polish Academy of Sciences) and the Sign Language Section. We talked about PJM-related projects underway at the University of Warsaw – the corpus, dictionary, and school textbook adaptations we are working on.

13th May 2016 – the "I’m from UW" conference

We are proud that today’s lecture by Dr. Paweł Rutkowski at the “I’m from UW” conference entitled “They began talking 199 years ago” proved to be such a great success. We are pleased that more and more people know what PJM is, and that we are helping to spread awareness of it.

5th May 2016 – looking forward to the “I’m from UW” celebratory conference

On 13 May, a conference entitled “I’m from UW” will be held in connection with the University of Warsaw’s 200-year anniversary and the World Congress of UW Alumni. One of the invited speakers will be our own Dr. Paweł Rutkowski, whose address is slated for 10:25 a.m. It will be interpreted into Polish Sign Language (PJM). We are proud that our Section for Sign Linguistics will be represented at such a prestigious event!

5th May 2016 – CLOW2 conference

On 5 May, Dr. Paweł Rutkowski delivered a presentation on the sociolinguistic condition of Polish Sign Language (PJM) at the “Contested Languages in the Old World (CLOW2)” conference in Turin, Italy. This conference is a forum for discussion and interaction between linguistics, political scientists, writers, activists, and other experts dealing with the current status and future prospects of minority languages not fully recognized by the legal systems of the countries where they are used. Other languages considered in contributions to the conference included Basque, Piedmontese, Liv, Kashubian, Sardinian, and Llanito. One of the topics of the conference was about creating corpora for minority languages.

2 May 2016 – lecture by Karen Emmorey in Warsaw

On 20 May 2016, Prof. Karen Emmorey, one of the top sign language researchers in the United States, will deliver a lecture on “The neurobiology of language: Perspectives from sign language” (another appearance by her can be viewed here). It will take place at the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology (at the address of ul. Pasteura 3 in Warsaw), in room no. 1 at noon.

29th April 2016 – lecture at the KFnrD science camp

Today Dr. Paweł Rutkowski will deliver a speech entitled “Polish Sign Language (PJM)” at the science camp of the Polish Children’s Fund (KFnrD) in Serock.

28th April 2016 – radio program on Polish Radio Two

An episode of the radio program “Notatnik Dwójki” was devoted to Polish Sign Language (PJM), with guests including Dr. Paweł Rutkowski, the head of our Section for Sign Linguistics, and Bartosz Marganiec representing the Foundation Promoting Deaf Culture. A transcription of the talk will also be available.

26th April 2016 – fourth part of the PJM school textbook adaptations released

It give us pleasure to announce that the Polish Sign Language (PJM) adaptation of the fourth part of the “Nasza szkoła” series for special-needs school students is now available to download from the website of the Polish Ministry of Education. Feel free to download and explore! Work will soon start on adapting the textbooks for the third grade.

25th April 2016 – workshop STPJM

This past week, we met with the Association of Polish Sign Language Interpreters (STPJM) for a workshop that we prepared on techniques of translating from Polish Sign Language (PJM) into Polish. Sign language corpora often find application in translation studies, as exercises developed based on corpus data can aid in translating idioms and improving translation style. We’re hoping for very long and fruitful cooperation with the STPJM!

22th April 2016 – looking for new team members

The Section for Sign Linguistics is looking for new annotators for working with the Polish Sign Language (PJM) corpus.

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