17th November 2016 – invitation to a lecture by Professor Trevor Johnston

On Wednesday 23 November, at 11:30 a.m., Prof. Trevor Johnston (Sydney, Australia) will deliver a lecture on "The uses and limitations of sign language corpora". The lecture will be held in room 207 (second floor) of the Old Library building (central campus of the University of Warsaw, at the address of Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28).

Prof. Trevor Johnston is one of the world's leading specialists in sign language research. As a child of deaf parents (CODA), he has been a user of Australian Sign Language since his earliest years. For three decades he has been studying visual-spatial communication from the standpoint of theoretical and corpus linguistics, including for the past 10 years as Professor at the Department of Linguistics of Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. He has published 10 books and numerous articles (see: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Trevor_Johnston/publications). He was one of the pioneers, and now one of the most recognized authorities in the field of developing sign-language corpora. The project "Corpus of grammar and discourse strategies of deaf native users of Auslan (Australian Sign Language)”, which he leads, has secured funding from the prestigious SOAS Endangered Languages program and, with its successive publications in 2008-2012, it has become a point of reference which all modern sign-language corpus projects look to.
On behalf of the Section for Sign Linguistics at the University of Warsaw, we would like to invite all interested listeners to attend. The lecture will be in English, simultaneously translated into Polish Sign Language (PJM).