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Irish Sign Language Interpreter Education in Trinity College

In the wake of the recent Sign Language Interpreter Scandal at the Mandela Memorial Service, The Centre for Deaf Studies in Trinity College Dublin wishes to reaffirm its committment to the development of high calibre programmes in Deaf Studies. more


One Voice for Languages

One Voice for Languages

Dr Lorna Carson from the School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences was one of four invited speakers at the launch of the One Voice for Languages campaign group, held in front of a packed audience on 14 November 2013 at the Trinity Long Room Hub. The launch was hosted by the School of Education and the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies.

Along with Professor Finbar Bradley (Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business, UCD), Barbara Nolan (Director of the European Commission Representation) and Tony Donoghue (Head of Education, Social & Innovation Policy, IBEC), Dr Carson argued for the importance of understanding the  language learning process and of promoting plurilingualism based on learners’ current and future needs and goals. 

The One Voice for Languages Group, chaired by Kristan Brogan (Institute of Technology, Tralee) is an advocacy group which unites all language sectors and levels of the Irish education system, as well as welcoming representatives from industry, the arts, cultural institutes and diplomatic partners. One Voice for Languages sets out to raise awareness of the current deficit of languages skills in Ireland, the significant cognitive, social, development and economic benefits that can be attained through language learning, and the need for enhanced language education policy in Ireland. Website:



The EURKOREA conference provided a forum for forty academics and researchers from Europe and Asia to explore the conference’s main theme, how Korea is seen from Europe, but also on how a number of European cultural and social aspects are seen from Korea. Disciplines represented at EURKOREA included linguistics, literary studies, urban studies, political science, sociology, diplomatic relations, history of art, film and game studies. Two internationally renowned speakers delivered keynote addresses: Professor In-Jin Yoon from the Department of Sociology at Korea University, and Professor Maurizio Riotto from the Università Orientale, Naples.

Delegates enjoyed some pre-conferences events, including a percussion and dance performance by children of the Dublin Korean School, and a literary pub crawl for those new to Dublin. A photo exhibition commemorating thirty years of diplomatic relations between our two countries was organised by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, accompanied by a delicious buffet supper which offered the opportunity to discover the breadth of Korean cuisine. Both events were graciously hosted by the staff of the Trinity Long Room Hub Research Institute in its Ideas Space.

After two full days of paper presentations and discussions, the conference closed with a bilingual reading by renowned Korean author Jia Jeong, in collaboration with Trinity’s Centre for Literary Translation. Jia Jeong’s first novel, Guerrillas’ Daughter (1990), was based on her parents’ guerrilla experiences. Her published works include three short story collections, Happiness, Spring Light, and Conversations in the Forest. She has received the Yi Hyoseok Literary Award, the Hahn Moo Sook Literary Award, and the Korean Novel of the Year Award. She is currently working on a novel while teaching creative writing at Chung-Ang University. 

The Korean Studies programme at Trinity College commenced in 2010, and is supported by the Korea Foundation. Currently, a range of credit-bearing modules is offered within the undergraduate programme, as well as opportunities for postgraduate supervision. Please contact Dr Lorna Carson ( for further information. 

Hidden Histories: Deaf Lives Ireland

The Deaf Lives Ireland project is a part of the broader Hidden Histories project – funded by the EU Grundtvig programme. This broader initiative involves a consortium led by the Centre for Community Engagement at the University of Sussex in the UK along with Inspire in Austria and Noema in Finland.

Here is the catalogue, which is created to complement the website: Deaf Lives Ireland ( - still under construction at the moment).  We have successfully completed the phase of collecting data but require more time to complete the analysis.
There is a crucial difference in collecting ‘oral’ history from the Deaf community, as it cannot be recorded in audio format. As Irish Sign Language is a visual language, it can be only recorded visually. Hence a camcorder is required to film the interviewees. While community activists are highly motivated and determined to collect such materials there is a shortfall in the community at large with respect to how to organise, collate and archive narrative records.
The project thus responds to the Deaf community zeitgeist regarding digital archiving of narrative experiences and the Centre for Deaf Studies at Trinity College Dublin is extremely pleased to be involved in this initiative.

The Irish project’s principal aim was to train a number of community members with a strong interest in the oral history of their community. The goal was to support them in learning how to document and preserve community history. Training involved workshops that introduced participants to (a) oral history, (b) interviewing techniques, (c) camera set-up, (d) filming and editing and (e) encoding and uploading media content.

We hope to expand on the work completed by Deaf Lives Ireland and include more video recording of ‘oral’ histories by Deaf people.

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Four New Scholars for School in 2013!

Deaf Studies Scholar: Áine Nally

(L-R: Prof Lorraine Leeson, Áine Nally, Carmel Grehan, Teresa Lynch and Dr. John Bosco Conama)

Áine Nally - Deaf Studies &
Orla Gilheaney, Olivia Kerrigan and Rachel Kidd - Clinical Speech and Language Studies

MEDISIGNS Life Long Learning Project awarded a European Language Label 2013

The Centre for Deaf Studies represents one of the five international university partners in the MEDISIGNS Project lead by Interesource Group (Ireland) Limited which has been awarded European Language Label 2013 for innovative language-learning projects. more

Grant from the Korea Foundation

The School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences has been awarded a prestigious grant by the Korea Foundation to enable the growth of Korean Studies at TCD. The Korea Foundation supports efforts in leading universities worldwide to establish Korean Studies programmes in locations that can provide a certain level of Korean Studies research and education and that have a potential for further growth. Commenting on the funding, Head of School Professor John Saeed says “We look forward to helping further develop Korean studies in this university and at large”, and extends his thanks to the President of the Korea Foundation, Professor Kim Woosang, as well as the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, H.E. Mr. Kim Chang Yeob, for his support.

The Korean Studies programme will be located in the School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Science, but, as an interdisciplinary initiative, it is intended that other scholars from other Schools with interests in this field will help establish TCD as a leading location for Korean Studies. For example, a conference on European Perspectives on Korea will be hosted by TCD in 2013, organized by Roberto Bertoni (School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies) and Lorna Carson (School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences).

The Korea Foundation provided seed funding in 2010/11 to assist in the establishment of the initial Korean language programme at TCD. Now in its third year, four Korean language courses are running successfully, open to all undergraduates as a Broad Curriculum or extracurricular module, along with evening classes for the general public, provided by Visiting Academic Ms Do Eun-Jee. Dr Lorna Carson, the project director and responsible for developing links with the Korea Foundation, says, “we look forward to many students discovering the beauty of the Korean language as well as the diverse opportunities for interdisciplinary scholarship in this field”.

Grant from the Japan Foundation

The School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences has been awarded a grant from the Japan Foundation to support the development of Japanese language learning opportunities for all undergraduates and postgraduates. The Japan Foundation is a Japanese public organization dedicated to implementing comprehensive international cultural exchange projects worldwide. Head of School Professor John Saeed extends his thanks to Mr Hiroyasu Ando, President of the Japan Foundation, and to H.E. Ambassador Chihiro Atsumi, and looks forward to expanding the provision of Japanese language learning opportunities in College.

TCD has an extensive history with the Japanese language, including the long-established provision of courses for the general public within the School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences and a very active student-run Japanese Society. The project director, Dr Lorna Carson, explains the School’s ambition to extend these classes to all TCD students: “We know that there is a strong demand for Japanese at many proficiency levels – for students who have taken it for their Leaving Certificate, for students who discover it at university, and for those who return from the JET and other exchange programmes who wish to maintain and improve their fluency. We are delighted to be able to offer Japanese as part of our institution-wide language programme, and are confident that there will be a good uptake from the student body”. Japanese language instructor and TCD graduate Dr Keiko Inoue, is closely involved in a variety of Japanese language projects in Ireland, including the Japanese Language Teachers of Ireland and the Japanese Speech Contest, and looks forward to seeing the growth in Japanese Studies at TCD.

US Fulbright Student Award for students enrolled on taught postgraduate programmes

The Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences is funding one award to meet the fee of the recipient of a US Fulbright Student Award admitted to a taught course in this Faculty in 2012/13. Please contact Dr Jeffrey Kallen, the Director of Postgraduate Teaching and Learning, if you wish to apply for this award.

Research Studentships for Ph.D. Students

Closing date: 1 May 2013

For details see our Post Graduate page.

Internships available in CLCS Speech Communication Laboratory

New Book: Linguistic and Cultural Acquisition in a Migrant Community.

David Singleton, Vera Regan, Ewelina Debaene. (2013)

New Book: Contributions to the Sociology of Language [CSL]

Ed. by Fishman, Joshua A. / Garcia, Ofelia
CLCS Contributions by: Larissa Aronin, Lorna Carson, John Harris and David Singleton (2013)

New Book: Irish Sign Language: A Cognitive Approach (Edinburgh University Press)

Lorraine Leeson and John Saeed

This is the first scholarly corpus-driven account of Ireland’s indigenous sign language, which is the medium of communication for Ireland’s Deaf community.  The book describes the social and historical background of this signed language and places Irish Sign Language (ISL) in a world context. It examines the linguistic structure of ISL and contributes to the developing investigation of the relationship between spoken and signed languages. All examples come from the School’s Signs of Ireland corpus, one of the largest digital corpora of a signed language in Europe, and are included on the accompanying DVD. The work provides an essential resource for researchers in sign linguistics, sign language teachers and interpreters, students of signlinguistics, and learners of ISL in Ireland.

New book: The Irish Language in the Digital Age: An Ghaeilge sa Ré Dhigiteach

John Judge, Ailbhe Ní Chasaide, Rose Ní Dhubhda, Kevin Scannell, Elaine Uí Dhonnchadha. (2012).

This white paper is part of a series that promotes knowledge about language technology and its potential. It addresses educators, journalists, politicians, language communities and others. The availability and use of language technology in Europe varies between languages. Consequently, the actions that are required to further support research and development of language technologies also differ for each language. For further information see See also Sunday Times Article 30/09/2012

New book: Multilingualism by Larissa Aronin and David Singleton

David Singleton and Larissa Aronin

David Singleton, Professor of Applied Linguistics in the School of Linguistic, Speech, and Communication Sciences, has co-authored an important new book on multilingualism, with Larissa Aronin of the Oranim Academic College of Education. The book is an authoritative account of multilingualism in the present era, a phenomenon affecting a vast number of communities, thousands of languages and millions of language users. The book’s focus is specifically on the knowledge and use of multiple languages, but its treatment of the topic is very wide-ranging. It deals with both bilingualism and polyglottism, at the level of the individual speaker as well as at the societal level. The volume addresses not only linguistic facets of multilingualism but also multilingualism’s cultural, sociological, educational, and psychological dimensions, moving from classic perspectives to recent and emerging directions of interest. The book’s extensive coverage takes in topics ranging from the ‘new linguistic dispensation’ in our globalized world to child development in multilingual environments, from the classification of multilingual groupings to characteristics of the multilingual mind. This breadth makes Multilingualism an ideal advanced textbook for undergraduate and postgraduate students in the areas of linguistics, education and the social sciences. More (Word document, 149 KB).

School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences plays leading role in EU LUCIDE Project (2011-2014)

The LUCIDE project (2011 – 2014) funded under the EU’s Lifelong Learning Programme (KA2), is a consortium of fourteen European university and city partners with experience in researching multilingualism in urban settings, with input from two leading partner institutions in Canada (OLBI, Professor Richard Clément) and Australia (University of Melbourne, Professor Jo LoBianco). Dr Lorna Carson of the School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences will lead the consortium’s research activities, which includes investigating good practice in multilingualism in key spheres of city life in each partner city, involving education, economic activity, public governance and urban space, and in areas where multilingual policy and practice may be in contradiction. More


Korean Speech Contest 2014
The first all-Ireland Korean language speech contest will take place on Saturday 11 October 2014, organised by the Trinity Centre for Asian Studies and the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, with the generous support of the Korea Foundation. The date for the contest was chosen to celebrate Korea’s national Hangeul Day, or Korean Alphabet Day, which falls each year on 9 October to mark the invention of the Korean alphabet by King Sejong in 1446.

The Korean language speech contest is designed for learners of Korean as a second language to showcase their proficiency and skills in public speaking on a topic of their choice. All ages of Korean learners are welcome as well as spectators. Hot drinks, snacks and lunch will be provided as well as a small gift for each contestant and prizes for the winners and runners-up in each of the four categories (primary school category, secondary school category, university category and open category).

The speech contest will take place in the Neill/Hoey Theatre of the Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute from 10.30am - 3pm. For more information, please download the leaflet and application form. Contestants must submit their applications by Friday 3 October in order to be included in the programme.



The School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences, in conjunction with the Long Room Hub are pleased to invite you to a lecture by Professor James J. Mahshie of George Washington University.

Title: Children with Cochlear Implants: Perception and Production of Speech

Venue: Long Room Hub

Time: 1.00pm Wednesday 9 October

Dr. Mahshie is Professor and Chair of the Department of Speech and Hearing Science at George Washington University, Washington DC, as well as Professor Emeritus at Gallaudet University in Washington DC. His talk will focus on his research exploring the production, and perception of speech by young children with cochlear implants, possible mechanisms and factors relating perception and production, and preliminary findings on the voice quality characteristics of children with cochlear implants.

Trinity Confers Honorary Doctor in Laws on Former World Federation of the Deaf President, Dr. Liisa Kauppinen

Ms. Teresa Lynch, Prof. Lorraine Leeson, Dr. Liisa Kauppinen, Mr. Patrick A. Matthews, Ms. Carmel Grehan, Dr. John Bosco Conama, Ms. Sarah Sheridan

An honorary Doctor in Laws (LL.D) was bestowed on Dr Liisa Kauppinen by Trinity College Dublin on Friday 28 June 2013 for her outstanding contribution in the field of Deaf advocacy and human rights. Dr Kauppinen was executive director of the Finnish Association of the Deaf for 30 years, General Secretary and President of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) and served as the permanent WFD representative to the United Nations for 20 years.  She still continues to serve as an expert for the General Secretariat of the WFD.

She has been a major inspiration to Deaf communities internationally, and an articulate and intelligent ‘voice’ on the need to explicitly state the human rights of deaf people at national, European and global level, all the while decrying the lack of opportunities for education and training, the under-employment of deaf people, and the lack of recognition of signed languages as ‘real’ languages.  She has supported the development of deaf self-advocacy in Ireland and was a key supporter of the move to establish a Centre for Deaf Studies at Trinity College in 2001/02.

Professor Lorraine Leeson, Centre for Deaf Studies Director, nominated Dr Kauppinen for the award for her outstanding contribution in the field of Deaf advocacy and human rights. Dr Kauppinen was executive director of the Finnish Association of the Deaf for 30 years, General Secretary and President of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) and served as the permanent WFD representative to the United Nations for 20 years.  She still continues to serve as an expert for the General Secretariat of the WFD.

On Saturday 29th June 2013, recognising and applauding her global contribution, members of the Irish Deaf community gathered at the Deaf Heritage Centre at Deaf Village Ireland where Dr Kauppinen shared her memories with friends and peers. Dr John Bosco Conama (Centre for Deaf Studies) presided over the ceremony. To mark the auspicious occasion this short presentation captured some fond memories and some warm words of gratitude from her colleagues, including Director of the European Union of the Deaf, Mr. Mark Wheatley and President of the World Federation of the Deaf, Mr. Colin Allen.  You can see this at:

CDS would like to thank our partners in these celebrations: Irish Deaf Society, Irish Deaf Women’s Group, the Deaf Heritage Centre and Interesource Group (Ireland) Limited.

A Podcast of the Audience with Liisa Kauppinen will be available shortly (International Sign).

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"An Audience with Liisa Kauppinen" in Deaf Village, Cabra, Dublin at 11 am. 29th June 2013.

On Friday 28 June, Trinity College Dublin will confer an honorary doctorate on Liisa Kauppinen, President Emeritus of the World Federation of the Deaf and Former CEO of the Finnish Association of the Deaf.

To celebrate, the Centre for Deaf Studies, in partnership with the Irish Deaf Society, the Irish Deaf Women's Association and the Deaf Heritage Centre are delighted to invite you to "An Audience with Liisa Kauppinen" on SATURDAY 29 June from 11am-1pm at the Deaf Heritage Centre in Deaf VIllage Ireland, Ratoath Road, Cabra, Dublin 7. Poster

The language of this event is International Sign.


Public Lecture: Equality for Deaf People, 16 May 2013, 7pm

We are delighted to welcome the President of the World Federation of the Deaf, Mr. Colin Allen, to Trinity on 16 May. In collaboration with the Trinity Long Room Hub, the Centre for Deaf Studies hosts a public lecture on  Thursday 16 May 2013 at 7pm at the Long Room Hub. Mr. Allen will present on the issue of "Equality for Deaf People". This event would not be possible without the kind support of  Bridge Interpreting, Interesource Group (Ireland) Limited and Sign Language Interpreting Service (SLIS). Poster

World Voice Day 16th April 2013

Irish Voices: Glórthaí, ABAIR, Amhráin

on Tuesday 16th April at 4.30pm

in Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute , TCD. More info Cuireadh/Invite


Medisigns Conference on Medical Interpreting. 1-2 March 2013

We are delighted to invite you to  participate in an event for interpreter trainers that focuses on the training of interpreters  in healthcare settings.

This seminar will present findings from a recent European Commission funded project, Medisigns, and outlines some key training materials and resources available to support the training of interpreters (as well as healthcare professionals and members of the Deaf community)  in the healthcare setting.

 The target audience for this conference is interpreter trainers as well as interpreting students, interpreters working in healthcare, healthcare professionals and members of the Deaf community.

The conference speakers are internationally renowned experts from the fields of interpreter training, Deaf studies, healthcare and legal medicine. This is an event not to be missed and the first of its kind in Ireland.

The event is promoted by Interesouce  Group (Ireland) Ltd and hosted by the Centre for Death Studies, the Medisigns  project, partnered with EFSLI.

Find us here

 Places are limited so please register early at:

Conference fee is €100.   Please note that this is a not-for-profit event.

III European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters (EFSLI) Working Seminar. 27 and 28 February 2013, Dublin, Ireland

Towards a model curriculum for interpreters across Europe:  "Quality assessment: a European model for Sign Language Interpreter Education and Training"
Supported by the EU Lifelong Learning Programme

Keynote speaker: Prof David Little
Working languages: International Sign, English, Irish Sign Language.

Find us here:

For more information see:


5th AILA-Europe Junior Research Meeting in Applied Linguistics, June 2013: Call for Papers until 31/10/2012


EURKOREA 2013: European Perspectives of Korea, November 2013: Call for Papers until 30/06/2013


Interdisciplinary Workshop on Laughter and other Non-Verbal Vocalisations in Speech October 26-27, 2012 Information and Registration Details


Launch of Hidden Histories Website and Public Lectures: 3rd. Sept. 2012 at 10.30 am in Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin.

The Centre for Deaf Studies, TCD is proud to present two public lectures in conjunction with the launch of its new Hidden Histories Website.

  • Using Oral History Methodology for Social Research: Deaf Education in the UK in 1970s by Mr. John Walker (University of Sussex)
  • Recounting the Past in Sign by Mr. John A. Hay
    (University of Wolverhampton)

Information about Hidden Histories Project [DOC, PDF]. Poster for talks. [PDF].


Polish-Irish Seminar on "Language and Representation"

The Centre for Language and Communication Studies, Trinity College,  would like to invite you to a
Polish-Irish Seminar on 'Language and Representation' 
on Thursday 26th April 2012 from 1 pm to 6 pm
in Room 2041B in the Arts Building, Trinity College.
Please see programme for further details.

School Postgraduate Talks

Title:What role does foreign language education play in the Irish recession

Speaker: Tobias Schroedler

Time and Place: Wednesday, 12th March, 2014 at 6.30 pm in Room 3106 in the Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin

College Dublin

Title:Greek vs. English Politeness

Speaker:Irma Bochorishvili

Title:Aims, methods and ideaology among researchers of English spelling

Speaker:Des Ryan

Time and Place: Wednesday, 26 February 2014 at 6.30 pm in Room 3106 in the Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin

Title:Spatial Language in Irish English: A cognitive consideration.

Speaker: Stephen Lucek

Time and Place: Wednesday, 11 December 2013 at 6.30 pm in Room 3106 in the Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin

Title: Presence and progress of colloquialization in world Englishes.

Speaker: Anna Majek

Time and Place: Wednesday, 20 November at 6.30 pm in Room 3025 in the Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin

Title: Towards extending the scope of the left periphery in RRG: Evidence from the clitic left-dislocation in Persian.

Speaker: Farhad Moezzipour

Time and Place: 23rd of October, 2013, at 6.30 pm in Room 3025, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin

Title: Codes that don't fit. An ethnographic exploration of the Traveller Cant

Speaker: Maria Rieder

Time and Place: Monday 11th March 2013, at 8pm in Room 4050B, Arts Building, TCD.

Title: Attitudes towards the achievement of native speaker norms among adult learners of Irish

Speaker: Colin Flynn

Time and Place: Monday 4th, February, 2013, at 7.30 pm in Room 4050B, Arts Building

Title: A Constructional Perspective on Clefting in Persian

Speaker: Farhad Moezzipour

Time and Place: 22nd of October, 2012, at 7.30 pm in Room 4050A, Arts Building

Title: Situated language learning for adult refugees in Ireland

Speaker: Peter Sheekey

Time and Place: Monday, May 21, 2012, at 7 pm in the Uí Chadhain Theatre (Room 2014B), Arts Building

Title: A Mixed Methods Approach to Language Needs Analysis

Speaker: Emma Riordan

Time and Place: Monday, 5 March, 2012 at 8.00 pm in Room 3126, Arts Building.


Title: Individualising L2 pronunciation instruction: The case for addressing learner identity.

Speaker: Dr. Deirdre Murphy

Time and Place: Monday, February 6, 2012, at 8.00 pm in Room 4050A, Arts Building.


Title: Occitan language revitalization: Reflections in the linguistic landscape

Speaker: Laura Diver

Time and Place: Monday, November 28, 2011, at 7.30 pm in Room 4050B, Arts Building


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