Meeting at Oslo University: Bibliotheca Polyglotta

Professor Jens Erland Braarvig (right), Dept. of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages  at Oslo University demonstrated his ongoing project Bibliotheca Polyglotta to Karina Vamling and Revaz Tchantouria, Caucasus Studies, Malmö University. The database includes a large number of parallel religious and other texts and can be searched and read in various ways.

The two ancient literary languages of the Caucasus, Armenian and Georgian, are of particular interest here, as many antique and medieval texts were translated into these languages and in some cases the originals were subsequently lost.

Old Armenian texts are already well represented in the database and the inclusion of Georgian texts is in the planning phase, which was one of the topics discussed during this informal meeting.

The database Bibliotheca Polyglotta is open and can be accessed at: https://www2.hf.uio.no/polyglotta/index.php?page=main

Photo to the right: From Dionysius Thrax: Grammar

 

Pilot project on mobile language learning

The pilot project “Mobile language learning” is approaching its goal: developing a prototype of a language app for Beginners’ Swedish to be used by asylum seekers.

Nils Ehrenberg (Department of Media Technology and Product Development) and Maria Wiktorsson (Department of Language and Linguistics) at a recent project meeting at Niagara.

Read more about the project: http://blogg.mah.se/sps/research/mobil-sprakinlarning/

New publication: Endangered Languages of the Caucasus and Beyond

Recently published: Endangered Languages of the Caucasus and Beyond, edited by Ramazan Korkmaz and Gürkan Doğan. Brill Publishing , 2016.

The volume is based on the 2014 International CUA Conference on Endangered Languages, organized by the Caucasus University Association (CUA) at Ardahan University, Turkrey. Prof. Karina Vamling, Malmö University, contributes with an article on Megrelian.
Read more about the publication:
http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/…/9789004328693;jse…

New publication on the Malmö University–Chalmers corpus

bridgesThe recently published volume New Approaches to English Linguistics. Building Bridges (John Benjamins, 2016), includes the chapter “Building interdisciplinary bridges: MUCH: The Malmö University–Chalmers Corpus of Academic Writing as a Process”, with Maria Wiktorsson (Department of Language and Linguistics, Malmö University) as one of the authors. Co-authors are Anna Wärnsby, Asko Kauppinen, Andreas Eriksson, Eckhard Bick and Leif-Jöran Olsson.

Read the abstract:
https://benjamins.com/#catalog/books/slcs.177.08war/details

John Storan honorary doctor at the Faculty of Culture and Society

Prof John Storan, University of East London, – and also guest professor at the Department of Language and Linguistics – will be promoted to honorary doctor at the Faculty of Culture and Society, Malmö University, on October 21.

Read more about John Storan and his work on widening participation: http://mah.se/…/Profil-inom-breddad-rekrytering-lyfts-fram…/
Promotor is Jean Hudson, professor of English linguistics.

Watch the ceremony LIVE, starting at 4 pm, October 21; follow the link below
http://www.mah.se/Nyheter/live/

Participating in conference on MOOCs, Informal Language Learning and Mobility

img_0789The project on Mobile language learning has its first presentation on the International Conference MOOCs, Informal Language Learning and Mobility, Octobder 20-21, Milton Keynes, UK. Daniel Spikol (Department of  Media Technolog and Product Development, Malmö University) and Maria Wiktorsson (Department of Language and Linguistics, Malmö University), represent the research group with a poster presentation, entitled Investigating mobile language learning tools for supporting asylum seekers

Find the programme here: http://www.open.ac.uk/creet/main/sites/www.open.ac.uk.creet.main/files/files/Final%20Programme%2011_10_2016(1).pdf

Abstracts: http://www.open.ac.uk/creet/main/sites/www.open.ac.uk.creet.main/files/files/Full-Abstract%20list%20alpha%20order%20by%20surname(2).pdf

 

På Tisus-konferens i Umeå

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Medarbetarna inom svenska som andraspråk på Institutionen för språkstudier (SPS), Malmö högskola, besöker Tisus-konferens i Umeå.
På fotot till vänster: Christina Waern och Staffan Eriksson.

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Erfarenhetsutbyte med kolleger från olika lärosäten – representanter från Stockholm, Umeå och Linköping (nedan):

 

 

Mobile learning – work in progress

img_0982Research in the pilot project on mobile language learning is based on a cross-disciplinary team. Participants from the Department of Language and Linguistics (Malmö University) are Maria Wiktorsson, Teresa Tomasevic, Karina Vamling and Christina Waern and from the Department of Media Technology and Product Development (Malmö University) are Daniel Spikol, Nils Ehrenberg, Miklas Njor and Bahtijar Vogel.

The research group also includes professor Giselsa Håkansson, specializing in (second) language acquisition, Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University, Sweden/Faculty of Education, University College Halden, Norway, and Mechtild Tronnier, also from Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University.img_0775

The first project presentation will be held at International Conference MOOCs, Informal Language Learning, and Mobility, 20 – 21st October 2016, Milton Keynes, UK.

 

 

Anna Sibinovic håller presentation vid FACE

face-2930-juni-och-1-juli-2016-belfast1Anna Sibinovic höll en presentation om hur högskolor och universitet i Sverige kan ta till vara nyanlända akademikers kompetens: Relational pedagogy – Swedish for Immigrants within Higher Education vid The Forum for Access and Continuing Education’s (FACE) Annual Conference in 2016, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK, 29 juni – 1 juli 2016.

Konferensen innehöll fyra teman:
  • Partnerships – Engaging communities and embracing the private sector
  • Lifelong Learning – Creating realistic and inspiring opportunities within the workforce
  • Internationalization – Working together to create opportunities for all
  • Student experience – Quality, equity and consistency

 

Funding for pilot project on mobile language learning

The Department of Language and Linguistics has been granted funding for a pilot project on mobile language learning in cooperation with the Department of Media Technology and Product Development. The project is funded by Malmö University Initiative for refugee research.

The unusually high number of asylum seekers to Sweden has resulted in very delayed asylum application processes, leaving people waiting in asylum centres for more than a year, to a large extent without any introductory instruction in Swedish. The aim of this pilot project explore ways to make effective use of mobile applications as a learning platform for individual language learning.

Read more: http://blogg.mah.se/sps/research/mobil-sprakinlarning/