ISSUE 8 / 2012


  • Halina Pelcowa : New Challenges and Traditional Methods of Dialectological Studies

    The paper focuses on the way dialect is perceived and studied in the present socio-economic conditions as well as civilization, cultural and moral conditions. The author presents hitherto achievements of dialectology and points to new directions and methods which enrich and expand its scope. She highlights interdisciplinary character of present-day dialectology and related to that adopting methods of other disciplines, in particular sociolinguistics and ethnolinguistics.

    New challenges facing dialectology concern interpretation of linguistic changes taking place in the present village, together with fusing the past and the present; moreover including the language in the cultural, social and civilization context, with dialects which not only document the passing age, but are lasting components of national heritage.

  • Halina Karaś : Prospects of Polish Dialectology

    The aim of the paper is to discuss the research tasks and perspective facing the Polish dialectology in the situation when most dialect features are quickly disappearing and most dialects cease to be valid everyday communication code.

    The most significant task must be building the Polish Dialect Corpus either as a separate language corpus or as a sub-corpus within existing, but still being developed the National Corpus of Polish as well as the Internet sound base of the Polish dialect texts „New Kolberg”. Other tasks concern filling the gaps in the Polish dialect lexicography.

    Polish dialectology should use the chances offered by fashion for regionalism, but stay fully aware of connected with that possible threats, and by ratified recently by Poland UNESCO Convention on Protection of Nonmaterial Cultural Heritage, whose significant element is language, in particular its dialect and regional variations.

  • Joanna Okoniowa : Professor Kazimierz Nitsch and His Students, in Other Words Dialectological „Schools” Seen Today
    The paper focuses on the issue known from scientific literature of two dialectological schools – in Krakow and Warsaw. The author describes circumstances determining existence of two circles concentrated around great personalities – Kazimierz Nitsch and Witold Doroszewski. Due to works and organizational activities of both scholars’ students, it is possible to reconstruct complex, multi-threaded facet of Polish dialectology of the 20th and 21st century together with valuable cartographic and lexicographic works, as well as syntheses in which new methodologies and new trends of contemporary linguistics find their reflection.
  • Sławomir Gala, Beata Gala-Milczarek : Place of Dialectology in Polish Language Education

    The intention of our paper is to indicate the place of dialectology in Polish language education and the impact of this education on the linguistic awareness and competence.

    Presented situation disclosed devaluation of dialectology in the Polish studies, the process which has been particularly progressing since the turn of the 20th and 21st century.

    This situation is a consequence, among other things, of the so-called educational reforms preferring mainly pragmalinguistics and glottodidactics which derive from trends in study of modern languages, and abandoning historical, diachronic linguistics. That resulted in „generation vacuum” and insufficient research which has been undertaken.

  • Wanda Decyk-Zięba : Picture of Life and Culture of Kurpie Based on Preserved Vocabulary (from End of 19th Century to 1939). Project Outline
    The purpose of the paper is to present the project of compiling the vocabulary of the Kurpie Region dialect based on the sources from the end of the 19th century to 1939. This vocabulary will permit to illustrate the world of the Kurpie people – their life, work, customs and history, hidden behind words. In the first part of the paper, the sources of excerpts are presented, in the second one – proposals of dialectical lexis classification, and in the third one – a proposal of subfield description of [Eng. birds]. The description is based on the vocabulary classification, presented by Andrzej Markowski in the book titled Leksyka wspólna różnym odmianom polszczyzny (Warsaw 1990), which was next successfully used in the studies on diachronic linguistics.
  • Dorota Krystyna Rembiszewska : Names in Georg Wenker’s Questionnaires of 19th Century from Territory of Masuria, Warmia and Ostróda

    The text discusses names from 538 villages on the territory of Eastern and Western Prussia collected in the 70s of the 19th century for the German linguistic atlas, whose originator was Georg Wenker. These are equivalents of the German word das Kleid which appeared in one of the sentences of the questionnaire in oblique case: Geh, sei so gut und sag Deiner Schwester, sie sollte die Kleider für eure Mutter fertig nähen und mit der Bürste rein machen.

    Various equivalents of this German lexeme appeared in the records of teachers from Ostróda region, Warmia and Masuria. The word odzienie seems to be the most frequent. Names belonging to general Polish language for many years were fixed in the questionnaires. These are: obleczenie, prziodzewek, przyodzienie, rzeczy, suknia, szaty, ubiór, ubranie.

    Moreover, there was also the name klejdy typical for Northern Polish dialects and borrowed from German as well as klejdunek – derivated from klejdy.

    A word characteristic for Warmia and neighbouring areas is obleka (together with its phonetic version obleta). Such words as chały, kłaki, kodry, korman, szmaty were sporadically recorded.

  • Błażej Osowski : Morphological and Lexical Means of Gradation of Feature Expressed by Adjective in Language used by Inhabitants of Two Villages in Wielkopolska Region
    The paper presents means of expressing the gradation category in the language used by inhabitants of Bukówiec Górny, Golina and neighbouring areas, belonging to two different groups (respectively: southern and north­ eastern groups) of Wielkopolski dialect [Eng. Greater Polish dialect]. Therefore comparative studies could be made which took geographic aspect into account. The reference has been also made to the state of the literary Polish language. The analyses are made in eight subgroups selected on the basis of R. Grzegorczykowa’s criteria of: intensity, sufficiency and completeness of a feature.


  • Magdalena Majdak : Słownik języka polskiego XVII i 1. połowy XVIII wieku, Kraków 1996–, IJP PAN


  • Ewa Siatkowska : Marzanna Uździcka, Studium kształtowania się kompetencji językowej agronoma, Zielona Góra 2010