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- Conference: 5th AILA-Europe Junior Research Meeting in Applied Linguistics, June 2013
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 (www.deaflivesireland.omeka.net - 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.
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”.
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.
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.
Closing date: 1 May 2012
For details see our Post Graduate page.
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.
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 http://www.springer.com/computer/ai/book/978-3-642-30557-3. See also Sunday Times Article 30/09/2012
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
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
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 http://goo.gl/maps/cgiZ6
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: http://goo.gl/maps/cgiZ6
For more information see: http://www.efsli.org/efsli/trainers/working_seminar_2013.php
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)
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.
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