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Struktura treściowa i aksjologiczna stereotypów mieszkańców wybranych polskich miast
Stereotypes of city dwellers of selected Polish cities: a content and axiological structure

Author(s): Małgorzata Święcicka, Monika Peplińska
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Theoretical Linguistics
Published by: Towarzystwo Miłośników Języka Polskiego
Keywords: stereotype; city dweller; semantic structure; axiological evaluation

Summary/Abstract: The authors of the present paper reconstruct a content and axiological model of stereotypes typically associated with Polish city-dwellers. The model relies on opinions about Polish cities – Warsaw, Poznań and Cracow – voiced by young residents of Bydgoszcz. Based on statistical data of qualitative analyses, the authors prove that the motivation for the heterostereotypes in question may be sought in extralinguistic sources: stereotypes are moulded by popular views as well as personal experiences of respondents. As the study shows, the students from Bydgoszcz, being aware of regional differences, still feel inferior to residents of big cities, and this feeling stems, for example, from economic differences, education, the quality of cultural life, etc. Moreover, apart from the region the respondents come from, social variables, without a doubt, also influence the mechanism of stereotypification. Regardless of these, the study confirms the fact that a widerunderstanding of the concept of stereotype, as an image of sundry fragments of reality, allows one to see it not only as a structure that is ossified and static but also one that is dynamic and changeable.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 96-109
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: Polish