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Poradnictwo językowe a zmiany w normie skodyfikowanej
Counselling language and changes in the codified norm

Author(s): Małgorzata Witaszek-Samborska, Anna Piotrowicz
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Towarzystwo Miłośników Języka Polskiego
Keywords: language norm; language codification; counselling language; dictionary of correct Polish

Summary/Abstract: The purpose of this article was to examine, how much guidance provided in the language guides from the mid-twentieth century to the present day were reflected in the linguists' decisions of codification. The authors analyzed several linguistic innovations: inflected (tą // tę), formative (unikalny // unikatowy), syntactical (na adres // pod adresem), lexical (new meaning to the noun pasjonat) and idiomatic (the variants twardy // trudny // ciężki orzech do zgryzienia). Information on these events in 27 language guides they confronted to codified normative findings contained in the five dictionaries of correct Polish issued from 1937 to today. The fate of these innovations unfolded differently, but the analysis presented in the article shows how important it was to accept the concept of the two levels linguistic norm and how great was a role usual criterion in the evaluation new linguistic facts. In varying restrictiveness of regulatory solutions in the guides can be seen the stigma of their authors' subjectivity, broader perspective than in dictionaries overview of the phenomena and individual style, at that these guides providing broad, diverse readers.

  • Issue Year: 2011
  • Issue No: 2-3
  • Page Range: 125-133
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: Polish