Prof Karina Vamling, Caucasus Studies (Malmö University) had two meetings with colleagues at Ilia State University during her visit to Tbilisi.
Prof Nino Doborjginidze, Director of the Institute of Linguistic Studies and Dr. Irina Lobzhanidze showed the Georgian language corpus: http://corpora.iliauni.edu.ge
Digital humanities is a profile of the University, and this was also one of the topics discussed at the meeting with Prof. Oliver Reisner.
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
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/
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.
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The 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.
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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
The 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
Research 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.
The first project presentation will be held at International Conference MOOCs, Informal Language Learning, and Mobility, 20 – 21st October 2016, Milton Keynes, UK.
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/