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About the Language of Polish Politics after 1989

Author(s): Kazimierz Ożóg
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Dom Wydawniczy ELIPSA
Keywords: politics; polityka; język polski; jezyk polski; Polish language

Summary/Abstract: The year 1989 was in Poland and many European countries, which were in the orbit of soviet influence, the beginning of revolutionary changes: political, economic, social and cultural ones. These changes also influenced Polish language, which has changed radically for the last 20 years. Among political discourses, the greatest changes concerned the language of politics. Nowadays, it is a diversified way of talking about public affairs, a spectrum which joins different registers and styles. The important reason for its variety is the instability of the Polish political scene, the abundance of political parties, constantly forming new parliamentary groupings and governmental coalition, and the disappearance of others. In the language of the contemporary politics, the lexis is particularly extensive and includes thousands of words referring to public life and the Poles. The major point in the article is the claim that the language of contemporary politics is getting poorer, looses its elegance and becomes more and more primitive. The author seeks the reason for its pauperization in the trends of contemporary culture. He shows the main features of the phenomenon: the turn towards commonness and informality, emotionality of expressions, hermetic vision of the world, impossibility of a dialogue increase of populist attitudes.

  • Issue Year: 2008
  • Issue No: 08
  • Page Range: 16-36
  • Page Count: 21
  • Language: Polish
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