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Projekty wzorcowej komunikacji językowej w sądach miejskich XVI wieku
Models of verbal communication in 16th-century municipal courts

Author(s): Józef Kość
Subject(s): Language studies, Language and Literature Studies, History of Law, Civil Law, Theoretical Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Communication studies, Pragmatics, Western Slavic Languages, Theory of Literature
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Keywords: verbal communication; model text; pragmatics; text linguistics; Magdeburg Law
Summary/Abstract: Bartłomiej Groicki and Paweł Szczerbic presented, in Polish, the principles of adapted Magdeburg law, which regulated legal proceedings and communication in the 16th-century municipal judiciary. Their ideas referring to language interaction were broad as they included the participants, space and time as well as text structures. Therefore, the codifiers created an optimal model of institutional communication used in courts which included discursive components and which they firmly introduced into jurisprudence. Codification proposed by Bartłomiej Groicki and Paweł Szczerbic was used during trials in municipal courts between the 16th and 18th centuries. Determining the extent to which that codification was used in courtroom communication is made possible thanks to surviving archived municipal books, compiled in many cities of the First Rzeczpospolita (Republic of Poland). However, the studies recreating the Old Polish language on the basis of these books would have to be aimed at text linguistics and pragmatics, which would include institutional parameters. Such analyses would result in recreating obligatory models of institutional communication used by Polish townspeople, which was influenced by German legislation.

  • Page Range: 479-488
  • Page Count: 10
  • Publication Year: 2018
  • Language: Polish