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Professor Lorraine Leeson

Director of the Centre - Deaf Studies (C.L.C.S.)

 

Director of the Centre - Deaf Studies (Centre for Deaf Studies)

Lorraine Leeson is Professor of Deaf Studies at the Centre for Deaf Studies. Her research work is multidisciplinary in nature, influenced by her background in Deaf Studies, Gender Studies and Linguistics. She has published widely on aspects of the linguistics and sociolinguistics of signed languages with a specific interest in Irish Sign Language and in the area of sign language interpreting. Her doctoral work was the first to examine aspects of the morphosyntax of Irish Sign Language, and subsequent to this, she has published and lectured widely on aspects of the grammar of Irish Sign Language and in the area of signed language/spoken language interpreting. Lorraine was a member of the first cohort of professionally trained Irish Sign Language/English interpreters in Ireland, and she continues to interpret occasionally. She has engaged in pan-European research work with academic institutions, Deaf communities and interpreting organisations for over two decades. Current projects include the European Commission funded Justisigns Project (access to justice across several EU member states) and PRO-Signs (funded by the European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML)) which looks the teaching, learning and assessment of signed languages for professional purposes with collaboration from over 30 countries across Europe. She is currently working on a volume on applied sign linguistics with Jemina Napier (due 2014). Lorraine was named a European Commission Language Ambassador in 2008 for her work on Irish Sign Language. In 2013-14, Lorraine served as the "Julian and Virginia Cornell Distinguished Visiting Professor" at Swarthmore College (Pennsylvania, USA). She chairs the European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters' Expert Group, is a member of the European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters (efsli) board (co-opted in 2014) and is a member of the AIIC UK/Ireland Network on Sign Language Interpreting.
  Bilingual/Bicultural Education   cognitive linguistics   Deaf Education   Deaf Studies   Deafness   Discourse markers   Educational Evaluation/Assessment   E-Learning   Information technology in education   Interpreting   interpreting studies   Irish Sign Language   Language acquisition   Language Policy   modality and language   Morpho-syntax of signed languages   Semantics   Signed Languages   Sociology of Language
 Justisigns - €59,924
 PRO-Sign
 Medisigns - €52,500 - Leonardo da Vinci (LLP/LdV/TOI/2010/IRL-511)
 Hidden Histories: Intercultural Dialogue and Learning - €81,590
 SIGNALL 3 (LLP/LdV/TOI/2009/IRL-525) - €55,670

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Member of the Advisory Board, DCAL - Deafness, Cognition and Langauge Research Centre, University College London 2006 - present
Member of the Editorial Board, Deaf Worlds: International Journal of Deaf Studies 2001- present
Member of the Irish Sign Link ISL/English Acccreditation Review Panel 2004-2006
Editor of "The Sign Language Translator and Interpreter", St. Jerome Publishing. 2007-2011
Member of the Partnership Group on Deaf Education (CIDP-IDS-DeafHear-Schools for the Deaf-CDS) 2007-present
Director - Dublin City Radio (DCR) 2008- 2010
Board Member - Sign Language Interpreting Service (SLIS) 2011 - 2013
Chair of the European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters Expert Group 2012-present
Member of the AIIC Network (UK/Ire) Committee on Sign Language Interpreting 2012-present
Advisor - Deaf Studies Trust, Bristol 2013 - present
Member of the Royal Irish Academy Modern Languages Committee 2010-2013
Member of the Peer Review Board for the Journal of Access Service in Postsecondary Education (JASPE) 2014 - present
Member of the steering board of ARTIS (Advancing Research in Translation and interpreting Studies). 2014-present
Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
American Sign Language Medium Medium Medium
British Sign Language Medium Medium Medium
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
French Medium Basic Basic
Irish Basic Basic Basic
Irish Sign Language Fluent Fluent Fluent
Details Date From Date To
Irish Association of Applied Linguistics (IRAAL) 1994 present
International Cognitive Linguistics Association
Irish Association of Sign Language Interpreters (IASLI) (disbanded in 2008) 1993 2008
Irish Translators and Interpreters Association (ITIA)
Conference of Interpreter Trainers (CIT) 2008 present
International Association for Translation and Intercultural Studies (IATIS) 2010 present
European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters 2010 Present
Council of Irish Sign Language Interpreters (CISLI) 2011 Present
Jemina Napier and Lorraine Leeson, Signed Languages in Action, Palgrave MacMillan, 2014, Book, SUBMITTED
Critical Care Required: Access to interpreted healthcare in Ireland. in, editor(s)Melanie Metzger and Brenda Nicodemus , Healthcare Interpreting, Washington DC, Gallaudet University Press, 2014, pp185-233 - [Lorraine Leeson, Asim Sheikh, Carmel Grehan, Ilana Rozanes and Patrick A. Matthews], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
The Superhighway or the Slow Lane: Evaluating Challenges in Creating New Learning Spaces for Interpreters in, editor(s)Suzanne Ehlrich and Jemina Napier , Digital Education in Interpreter Education: Innovation, Access and Change, Washington DC, Gallaudet University Press, 2014, [Lorraine Leeson, Haaris Sheikh and Myriam Vermeerbergen], Book Chapter, IN_PRESS
Signed language interpreting in, editor(s)Franz Pochhacker , Encyclopedia of Interpreting Studies, London and New York, Routeledge, 2014, [Jemina Napier and Lorraine Leeson], Book Chapter, SUBMITTED
Shifting Paradigms in, editor(s)Elizabeth A. Winston and Christine Monikowski , Evolving Paradigms in Interpreter Education, Washington DC, Gallaudet University Press, 2014, pp124 - 128, [Lorraine Leeson], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Lorraine Leeson, Keynote Speech: "Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil": Considering Epistemological and Intersectional Approaches in Interpreting Education and Practice, International Symposium on Signed Language Interpretation and Translation Research, Gallaudet University, Washington DC, 28-30 March 2014, 2014, Notes: [Keynote speech at inaugural conference.], Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Karen Bontempo, Tobias Haug, Lorraine Leeson, Jemina Napier, Brenda Nicodemus, Beppie van den Bogaerde & Myriam Vermeerbergen, Deaf consumers' perceptions of signed to spoken language interpretation in eight signed languages, International Symposium on Signed Language Interpretation and Translation Research, Gallaudet University: Washington DC, March 28-30, 2014, 2014, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Karen Bontempo, Tobias Haug, Lorraine Leeson, Jemina Napier, Brenda Nicodemus, Beppie Van Den Boegaerde, Myriam Vermeerbergen, Not Quite Utopia: Insights on Interpreting from Deaf Leaders on Three Continents, AVLIC 2014, Winnipeg, Canada, July 2014, 2014, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Karen Bontempo, Tobias Haug, Lorraine Leeson, Jemina Napier, Brenda Nicodemus, Beppie Van Den Boegaerde, Myriam Vermeerbergen, Not Quite Utopia: Insights on Interpreting from Deaf Leaders on Three Continents, European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters (EFSLI), Antwerp, Belgium, September 2014, 2014, Conference Paper, ACCEPTED
Lorraine Leeson, Marlon Cooper, Ivy Drexel, Casey Ferrara, Peter Nilsson and Miranda Stewart, "A President for all of the Irish": Performing Irishness in an interpreted Inaugural Presidential Speech, Association of Visual Interpreters of Canada (AVLIC), Winnipeg, Canada, July 2014, 2014, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
  

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Lorraine Leeson, Deaf People of Ireland (Daoine Bodhar na h'Eireann), Deaf Hearing Community Centre Lecture Series, Swarthmore College, PA, 6 March 2014, 2014, PJ Mattiacci and Donna Jo Napoli, Invited Talk, ACCEPTED
Lorraine Leeson, Deaf People of Ireland, Arcadia University Sign Language Society, Arcadia University , 7 April 2014, 2014, Erika Stahl and Jenna Neil, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Lorraine Leeson, Going Against the Current: Educational Policy and Language Rights for the Irish Deaf Community, Public Lecture, Swarthmore College, PA, 3 October, 2013, Provost's Office, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Lorraine Leeson, Equality for Deaf People, 16 May 2013, 2013, Trinity Long Room Hub, Notes: [Presentation in International Sign. Voice-over in English. Full presentation available online.], Meetings /Conferences Organised, PUBLISHED
Lorraine Leeson and Susan Foley-Cave, The Voice[over]: Masterclass Series for ISL/English Interpreters, 7 & 13 May, 4 June, 2013, Trinity College Dublin, Meetings /Conferences Organised, PUBLISHED
Leeson, Lorraine , Barbara Shaffer and Terry Janzen, Understanding Pronoun Location Choice in Signed Language Discourse: Grammar, Semantics and Pragmatics, Queens University Belfast, 19 November 2012, 2012, Dr. Piotr Blumczynski , Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Lorraine Leeson, Dr. Hanneke Bot Masterclass - "Interpreting in Mental Health Settings", 13 April 2012, 2012, Trinity College Dublin, Meetings /Conferences Organised, PUBLISHED
Lorraine Leeson, Study Trip to Belgium 2012, 28/2/2012-1/3/2012, In:Study Trip to Belgium 2012, 2012, Notes: [Meetings with CVO Mechelen, European Union of the Deaf, Mr. Adam KOSA, MEP, and student seminar at Lessius University College, Antwero.], Meetings /Conferences Organised, PUBLISHED
Lorraine Leeson, From Theory to Practice: Interpreting in Context, Mechelen, CVO, Belgium, 26 November, 2011, Ms. Christ'l Teughels, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Lorraine Leeson and Edurne Garcia, Why Disability and Deaf Studies Matter: Translating Research into Policy and Practice, 6 October 2011, In:Prof. Nora Groce: Why Disability and Deaf Studies Matter: Translating Research into Policy and Practice, 2011, Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin , Notes: [Prof Nora Groce The Leonard Cheshire Chair and Director of the Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Centre, University College London 'Why Disability and Deaf Studies Matter: Translating Research into Policy and Practice' With the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities there is a growing interest in and commitment to ensuring that persons with disabilities are included in major initiatives in human rights, international health and development. Drawing on examples from both developed and low and middle-income countries, Professor Groce will discuss how the emerging body of research around disability and the Deaf community is being used to make changes to current policy and practice - and will also discuss where gaps in these field still exist that must be addressed by the next generation of scholars. Co-hosted by the National Institute for Intellectual Disability and the Centre for Deaf Studies, TCD. Funding from the European Commission, SIGNALL 3 project. ], Meetings /Conferences Organised, PRESENTED

  

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Award Date
NRB Scholarship 1996
British Academy Fellowship 2004
European Commission Language Ambassador of the Year Award 2009
Fellowship, TCD 2009
European Language Label Award for Medisigns Project (LLP/LdV/TOI/2010/IRL-511) 2013
Conferred with Honorary Membership of the Irish Translators' and Interpreters' Association 2014
Lorraine is interested in research on (1) linguistics & applied linguistics of sign languages, (2) interpreting studies, and (3) trans-disciplinary work that impacts on deaf studies topics. Her focus on the linguistics and sociolinguistics of signed languages includes work on the morpho-syntax and semantics of Irish Sign Language (ISL) (including issues of word order), language planning issues vis-a-vis Deaf education and the use of Irish Sign Language, gendered issues in the Irish Deaf community, particularly in terms of language use. Cognitive linguistics interests include the role of metaphor and metonymy in ISL, the impact of iconicity on the language, simultaneity in signed languages and point of view predication. Her applied linguistics work includes the development of a corpus of sign language learners, from which a number of studies are planned. She is also the coordinator of the European Centre for Modern Language (ECML)'s PRO-Signs project, which looks at the teaching, learning and assessment of sign languages for professional purposes. Her interpreting studies research includes a focus on provision of interpreters in a range of domains, quality of outputs and assessment issues. Current research includes an international projects that look at the experiences of deaf leaders in working with interpreters and work as the Irish PI on Justisigns, a project that looks at access to justice for deaf people, with a particular focus on interpreting in police settings. In terms of Deaf Education, she has published on stakeholder perspectives on Deaf education in Ireland , and is also interested in the use of new technologies in traditional, blended learning and online environments in delivering accessible education at tertiary level. Lorraine has also served as a reviewer for funding applications for governmental institutions in Ireland, the UK, Belgium, the Netherlands, Qatar, the USA and at European Union level and reviewed submissions for publication for a broad range of international publishing houses.