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Irene Murtagh

Irene Murtagh

Contact Information



Address: Centre for Language and Communication Studies,
Arts Building,
Trinity College Dublin,
College Green,
Dublin 2




Research Interests

  • Sign Language Linguistics, Computational Linguistics, Role and Reference Grammar, Irish Sign Language, Embodied Conversational Agents.

Current Projects

  • Thesis: Developing a Linguistically Motivated Computational Framework for Irish Sign Language (working title)


  • Murtagh, I. (2016). Investigating Complex Predication in Irish Sign Language. In Nolan, B. & Diedrichsen E. (Ed.) Argument realisation in complex predicates and complex events (Studies in Language Companion Series). John Benjamins Publishing Company. (Under Review)

  • Murtagh, I. (2015). Computing the Lexicon Morphological-Phonological Interface for Irish Sign Language Sign Realisation [Electronic Version] ITB Journal, 27, 4-24.

  • Murtagh, I. (2011). Towards a Linguistically Motivated Irish Sign Language Conversational Avatar [Electronic Version] ITB Journal, 21, 72-102.

Conference presentations

  • Murtagh, I (2016). A Linguistically Motivated Irish Sign Language Computational Framework. (Poster Presentation). 12th International Conference for Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research (TISLR), La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia.

  • Murtagh, I (2015). Defining an RRG Linking System for Irish Sign Language Nouns and Verbs. Biannual International Role and Reference Grammar Conference, Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf, Germany.

  • Murtagh, I (2013). Addressing the challenges to the RRG lexicon posed by Irish Sign Language. AESLA 31st International Conference, Universidad de La Laguna, Tenerife.

  • Murtagh, I (2012). Towards an Irish Sign Language Computational Framework. Societas Linguistica Europaea 45th International Conference, Stockholm University, Stockholm.

  • Murtagh, I (2011). Developing a Linguistically Motivated Avatar for ISL Visualisation. Workshop on Sign Language Translation and Avatar Technology, University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland.

  • Murtagh, I (2011).  Building an Irish Sign Language Conversational Avatar: Linguistic and Human Interface Challenges. Conference on Irish Human Computer Interaction, Cork institute of Technology, Cork, Ireland.

  • Murtagh, I (2011).Towards an RRG-enabled Irish Sign Language Avatar. Biannual International Role and Reference Grammar conference. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile.

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