The Silesian problem area in the activity of the Commission for Place Names and Physiographic Objects(with particular inclusion of the years 1989–2009 Cover Image
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Problematyka śląska w działalności Komisji Nazw Miejscowości i Obiektów Fizjograficznych (ze szczególnym uwzględnieniem lat 1989–2009)
The Silesian problem area in the activity of the Commission for Place Names and Physiographic Objects(with particular inclusion of the years 1989–2009

Author(s): Stanisława Sochacka
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Państwowy Instytut Naukowy - Instytut Śląski w Opolu
Keywords: genesis and history of Komisja Nazw Miejscowości i Obiektów Fizjograficznych;

Summary/Abstract: The aim of the paper is to show the genesis and the history of Komisja Nazw Miejscowości i Obiektów Fizjograficznych (Commission for Place Names and Physiographic Objects) and to discuss the problem area of Silesia in the context of the Commission’s programme and lines of development of studies conducted by it. There are four periods of activity distinguished as far as this opinion-giving organ is concerned, that is: 1934–1939, 1946–1953, 1954–1989, 1989–2009. In each of the periods the Commission had other goals to achieve and tasks to realize, which was dictated by the demands of the moment. The most interesting part of the works carried out by this organ was its reorganization after 1989, working out a set of regulations to secure the mode of making changes to place names and submitting applications, and also elaboration of Wykaz Urzędowych Nazw Miejscowych Polski (The List of Official Place Names of Poland). Local communities immediately reacted to the political changes after 1989. The activity of the inhabitants of Silesia proved fairly high as well. The paper presents the motives which the Silesian population had in applying for the names of their places to be altered. They were chiefly historical, religious, cultural, esthetic and administrative-communicational reasons.

  • Issue Year: 2010
  • Issue No: 69
  • Page Range: 195-216
  • Page Count: 21
  • Language: Polish