ISSUE 8 / 2017


  • Elżbieta Wierzbicka-Piotrowska : The notion of conceptualisation in light of a logical hypostasis error
    This paper shows, by means of a linguistic survey, that not all conceptualisations reconstructed on the basis of linguistic facts create the linguistic worldview understood as a socially established interpretation of the reality. Some of them contain a logical error of hypostasis, which may be why language users treat the conceptualised notions differently than their verbal counterparts, in particular when they are in the form of a catachresis, that is a metaphor being a part of the lexical system of every language.
  • Krzysztof Maćkowiak : The contemporary refl ection on functional variants of Polish. On the verge of stylistics and the study of discourses (discoursology).

    This paper in an attempt to outline a new situation in the contemporary functional stylistics. Opinions that the cognitive potential of the discipline has been diminishing have been voiced for some time now. It is pointed out that the methods it applies do not permit a full description of the recent realities of social communication. Therefore, many researchers derive from the theory of discourse. However, popularisation of the ideas of discoursology have given rise to yet other problems. Discourse has not been precisely defined to date. Boundaries between it and the functional style have not been clearly delineated either.

    The expansion of post-structuralism in linguistics does not necessarily mean that functional stylistic has become outdated. Yet, the usefulness of stylistic instruments needs to be enhanced. One of the ways which might possibly lead to this end is a more evident focus on the notion of prototype than before when describing the functional variants of language. The implementation of the postulate of a systematic division of utterances and statements into more or less typical (prototypical) in terms of style, will probably enable improvement of communication space macro-modelling anew.

  • Ewa Zmuda : The old or the new research approach. Teolinguistics – the outline of the theory and prospects for research.

    The aim of this paper is to present an outline of the theory of teolinguistics and prospects for Polish research within this subdiscipline of linguistics. The reasonability of this aim results from the fact that the term teolinguistics can be more and more commonly found in philological research, yet the Polish literature on linguistics lacks more extensive theoretical and methodological studies regarding this subdiscipline.

    The text presents precursors of teolinguistics and their most significant findings as well as the state of research on teolinguistics in Poland. The last part outlines the research areas and prospects for new research that could be carried out as part of teolinguistics.

    This paper plays theoretical and reporting as well as methodological functions and is a contribution to research.

  • Grażyna Zarzycka : Polish glottodidactics in the development process. Discussions in the context of a monograph by Władysław T. Miodunka.
    Part 1 of the paper presents Polish glottodidactics (PG) as a practical field and a scientific discipline and points to its current position in academic education, Polish language policy, and the humanities. Part 2 discusses the theses of the academic monograph by Władysław T. Miodunka: Glottodydaktyka polonistyczna. Pochodzenie – stan obecny – perspektywy (Polish glottodidactics. Origin – the present state – prospects) (Księgarnia Akademicka, Kraków 2016), which the author of this paper considers the most important summary of the achievements of the contemporary PG in the history. In the individual chapters of the monograph, W. T. Miodunka focuses on: defining PG, seen as a scientific discipline, identifying its subdisciplines, and enumerating the major accomplishments of the researchers working within each of them. In the presented study, the author illustrates the evolution of PG from the viewpoint of pedagogical innovations, demonstrates his own vision of periodisation and prospects for its development. Part 3 of the paper argues with some of the theses from the monograph.
  • Marta Piasecka : Polish language acquisition by foreign children (on an example of two boys from Singapore)
    The paper describes the situation of two brothers from Singapore who have been living in Warsaw for three years. Boys aged 9 and 13 attend a Polish school. Part one presents the results of the research on the presence of foreign students in Polish schools. It is followed by a brief description of the brothers’ family and school situation. The last, major, part shows their level of acquisition of Polish as a second language in the new country of residence, with a focus on the elements of the language subsystems where faults arising from defective command of Polish have still been noticeable.
  • Kinga Geben : Pozdrawiam ze świętem! (Merry Christmas!) On greetings in the Polish language in Vilnius
    This paper deals with differences in the code of politeness in the Polish language found in Lithuania. I have identified expressive acts of speech (greetings, congratulations) in local Polish saturated with Russian and Lithuanian patterns. They are in use even among those Poles who speak standard Polish on an everyday basis. Lithuanian and Russian syntax templates that appear in the context of official or semi-official formal speech are also used in the written form of the Polish language in Lithuania (e.g. “Pozdrawiam ze Świętem” (“Merry Christmas”), where the Polish standard is “Wesołych Świąt”). The notion “cultural scenarios of thinking” is used while analysing the content of such speech acts. I indicate the difficulty of learning the code of politeness in schools: the examples for my material were collected from websites of Polish secondary schools in Lithuania and other places of official Polish discourse where deviations from the standard Polish code of politeness are detected. It can be stated that Poles in Lithuania express their greetings in Polish by using forms of politeness from the Russian and Lithuanian languages.
  • Joanna Joachimiak-Prażanowska : On hesitations when selecting rustling, hissing and hushing consonants in the interwar Polish language of “Kurier Wileński” (“The Courier of Vilnius”)

    This paper presents hesitations when selecting rustling, hissing and hushing consonants functioning in the Polish language of a daily newspaper published in the Vilnius region in the interwar period, addressed to the Poles living there. The specific phonetic phenomena in the area of consonantism which were incompliant with the general Polish standard of those days have been excerpted from Kurier Wileński (The Courier of Vilnius).

    In order to exemplify the quoted phonetic facts, I use a study on the 17th-century literary Polish of the Northern Borderlands, studies describing the individual language of writers and poets associated with the Borderlands in the 19th and 20th centuries, a study on specific regional characteristics of the Polish language in the Vilnius area. I occasionally quote data from normative sources. I also refer to the linguistic layer of the Vilnius post-war press. The analysis has shown that the phenomena regarding

    the phonetic layer, noticed in Kurier Wileński of the period 1924-1939, were relatively numerous and considered characteristic of the Northern Borderlands Polish language by the researchers of earlier periods. They were also reflected in the post-was Vilnius press, although less clearly than in the examined daily.


  • Wanda Decyk-Zięba : Wstyd dla Polaka nie umieć po polsku (What a shame for a Pole not to speak Polish) – Stanisław Kleczewski’s programme for mother tongue improvement


  • Krzysztof Waśkowski : Jarosław Pacuła, XVIII- i XIX-wieczne nazewnictwo „zwierząt zmierzchnych” (perspektywa etnolingwistyczna) (The 18thand 19th-century nomenclature for “dusk animals” (an ethnolinguistic perspective)), Bielsko-Biała 2015