Lorraine Leeson

lorraine-leesonLorraine Leeson is Director of Research at the School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences, Trinity College Dublin (University of Dublin) and Director of the College’s Centre for Deaf Studies.  She is Ireland’s inaugural Professor of Deaf Studies, and between 2012-15 coordinated the European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML’s) first project focusing on signed languages – PRO-Signs – a project that looks at curricula and assessment expectations when teaching signed languages for professional purposes, with collaboration from over 30 countries across Europe.

Lorraine has published widely on aspects of the linguistics and sociolinguistics of Irish Sign Language and in the area of sign language interpreting.  She has engaged in pan-European research work with academic institutions, Deaf communities and interpreting organisations for over two decades and is currently engaged on a project concerned with Deaf people’s access to justice across several EU member states (Justisigns).  With John Saeed, Lorraine co-authored the world’s first volume-length corpus driven description of a sign language.

In 2008, she was named a European Language Ambassador for her work on signed languages.

Lorraine will deliver a ‘Lightning Talk’ at the Dublin Language Garden ‘Night Garden‘ around offensive language in ISL.  As you might expect given the nature of the presentation, this talk will contain language which some may find offensive.