ARTICLES AND DISSERTATIONS
KAMIL STACHOWSKI: A contribution to perceptual dialectology of Poland: SzczecinThe paper presents the results of a questionnaire in perceptual dialectology conducted in 2017 among the students of the University of Szczecin. It is one of the very few works discussing a laymen’s perception of dialectal variation in Poland. The author encourages Polish dialectologists to approach the results not merely as an oddity but also as a challenge to deepen the discussion and explain the linguistic background of the results.
ZBIGNIEW BRONK, ZYGMUNT SALONI: A troublesome exception – w/pod ZakopanemThe article discusses the origin and practical use of exceptional singular forms of the locative and instrumental of topographic names with an adjectival declension (of the type Zakopane), as well as the norms contained in the rules of Polish spelling.
ZOFIA SMUGA: How many fathers do scientific discoveries have? About the notation of compound surnamesThe paper presents the problem of the notation of compound surnames in Polish where the issue of twofold (multiple) interpretation occurs. According to the rule  of WSO the notation with a hyphen is the only correct one – no matter how many people we refer to. This rule turns out to be non-functional, because based on the notation of the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis no one is able to tell whether the statement is about one person or two different people. The author puts emphasis on the distinctive functions of the hyphen and the en dash. The following solution is proposed: the en dash – preferably with spaces around it – should be used in the notation of surnames when it comes to different people (as a delimiter between surnames belonging to different people), while the hyphen should be used for indicating a double-barrelled surname belonging to one person. Then the notation of the Sapir – Whorf hypothesis is unambiguous with respect to the number of people involved.
KATARZYNA WASILEWSKA: Metaphorical conceptualizations of the specialist term ‘language’ in Jan Michał Rozwadowski’s popular science articlesThe paper presents an analysis of conceptual metaphors of language. The research source was an article series O zjawiskach i rozwoju języka by Jan Michał Rozwadowski (1950) who wanted to introduce issues related to language theory in an accessible way. The metaphorical expressions identified and used by Rozwadowski are differentiated according to the degree of conventionality. It was shown that the underlying conceptual metaphors can be arranged hierarchically from the most schematic to the most specific.
JOANNA KOWALCZYK: Changes in the verbalization of the sovereign concept and categorization of supreme authority in the Polish constitutions of the 20th centuryThe article is devoted to the changes in the verbalization of the sovereign concept in the Polish constitutions of 1921, 1952 and 1997. The study covered lexical units which correspond to the reference range of the sovereign concept, adopted in the article (e.g. obywatel, naród, ludność). The aim of the comparative study was to determine whether lexical differences and similarities in naming the supreme authority in the analyzed laws have an influence on the basic ontology and pragmatics of the object. The study showed that the method of naming the sovereign is a translingual semiotic process in which the legislature gives it not only a specific lexical form but primarily redefines its legal and factual state.
EWA ROGOWSKA-CYBULSKA: About the explanatory function of folk etymologies of Polish toponymsThe explanatory function of folk etymologies of toponyms relies on the reference to contemporary, usually colloquial and stereotypical knowledge of the world, e.g. about topographic, social, cultural realities concerning a particular place, region or the whole Poland, about the beginnings of settlements, about former living conditions, former beliefs, events and proper names.
KRZYSZTOF WAŚKOWSKI: The pragmatic determinant of tautological derivatives in the early names of animalsThe names of animals, selected from Słownik staropolski (Dictionary of Old Polish) and Słownik polszczyzny XVI wieku (Dictionary of the 16th Century Polish Language), were examined drawing on text authentication and lexicography and recognised as tautological derivatives which, in other words, are lexical units synonymous with their root words. The article aimed to demonstrate the pragmatic base for the development of the analysed set of words, assuming that the pragmatic function of word formation, defined by Iwona Kaproń-Charzyńska as “the quasi unboundedness of human activity”, is responsible for their naming. The article examines the glossal nature of Old Polish word-formative animalistic tautologies or to be more exact, the ease of translating old texts, along with the state of the old word-formative system, characterised by its incomplete structure. It has been also proven that most of the units of the studied set are occasional formations, dependent on the author’s invention and the style of the text which are, at the same time, a manifestation of certain expression and the creativity of language users, the evidence of reaction to various communication and artistic needs (the necessity of keeping the metre of a verse/poem, the need for rhyming verses and the attempt to eliminate the polysemy of a root).
MAŁGORZATA DAWIDZIAK-KŁADOCZNA: Model compositional of lauda sejmikowe in the sixteenth to eighteenth centuriesIn this article a petrified genre model of lauda between the sixteenth and eighteenth century is presented. At the beginning elements of the title are analyzed as well as components forming the corps. There are the initial formulas and concluding formulas (e.g. the name of the sender, temporal and locative expressions, the name of the act and the performative verb) and the essential part of the laudum which consists of directive and declarative speech acts.
WALERY PISAREK – IN MEMORIAM
- ANDRZEJ MARKOWSKI: Speech delivered during the funeral of Professor Walery Pisarek
- PIOTR ŻMIGRODZKI: Professor Walery Pisarek and the Polish language
- BOGUSŁAW DUNAJ: A tribute to Professor Walery Pisarek
- KRYSTYNA KOWALIK: Remembering Professor Walery Pisarek
- ANDRZEJ MARKOWSKI: A short tribute to Professor Walery Pisarek
- WIESŁAW PRZYCZYNA: A posthumous tribute to Professor Walery Pisarek
- MAGDALENA HODALSKA: A posthumous tribute to Professor Walery Pisarek
- BARBARA BATKO-TOKARZ: Two new classified dictionaries of students’ Polish language
- JOANNA GINTER: In the World of Words and Meanings: Appellative and Onomastic Vocabulary
- DONATA OCHMANN: Conference History of language and dialectology in new interpretation contexts. In memoriam Miecislai Karaś, Krakow, October 21–22, 2017
- Departments of the Society of Friends of the Polish Language
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