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Kodeks Napoleona w dziejach języka urzędowego w Polsce – rekonesans badawczy
The Napoleonic Code in the history of the official language in Poland – preliminary research

Author(s): Ewa Woźniak, Rafał Zarębski
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Theoretical Linguistics
Published by: Towarzystwo Miłośników Języka Polskiego
Keywords: history of Polish language 19th and 20th centuries; official language; history of the official Polish language; Polish translation of Napoleonic Code; legal terminology

Summary/Abstract: The article addresses the issue of the meaning of the Napoleonic Code for the formation of the official institutional language in the period of New Polish. Factors such as separation from local legal traditions, the necessity to adapt foreign terminology, systematization of legal regulations and the requirement to produce a large number of documents all resulted in major transformations in the Polish legal terminology, in terms of official-institutional genres, and also in the style of legal texts. These are the areas of research so far neglected in the discourse of history of language. The academic research is prompted by the opinions about the role of the Napoleonic Code in the process of preservation of cultural and national identity in the period of the Partitions of Poland.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 45-58
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: Polish