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O definiowaniu języków ojczystego i obcego oraz o „terminologicznym chaosie” w glottodydaktyce – polemicznie
Polemically on defining native and foreign language, and on the “terminological chaos” in language pedagogy

Author(s): Władysław T. Miodunka
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: KSIĘGARNIA AKADEMICKA Sp. z o.o.
Keywords: language pedagogy; applied linguistics; terminology; native language; foreign language; bilingualism

Summary/Abstract: The paper argues with W. Cockiewicz’s article Jak uporządkować terminologiczny chaos w glottodydaktyce i po co? (2013; ‘How to put order into the terminological chaos in language pedagogy and what should one want to do this for?’). The author begins with a critical overview of Cockiewicz’s treatment of the terms język rodzimy and język ojczysty (‘native’ and ‘foreign language’), and then appeals to French dictionaries of linguistic terminology and French language pedagogy (DdL, LDdL, DdD) to show how they define the terms langue maternelle, langue étrangère, and bilinguisme. The paper argues that what Cockiewicz considers to be “terminological chaos” in language pedagogy should be rather viewed as a quest, connected with the evolution of this branch of science, for terms that would be univocal and could replace the ambiguous and laden with connotations term język ojczysty ‘native language’.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 16
  • Page Range: 275-283
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: Polish