Present status: MPhil candidate
Working title of thesis: Polish as a socio-cultural construct. Language Ideology(ies) in Poland
Research: My research project focuses on ideology(ies) of the Polish language in Poland. I investigate prevalent beliefs about Polish, looking at three inter-related spheres: institutional (legislative), academic (Polish linguistics), and popular (views of ordinary language users). At the present time language issues are subject to open debate: there is legislation on the protection of Polish and national awards for Polish language activists. There are also numerous (and very popular) manuals, articles, YouTube channels, social media platforms and other sources on how to speak correctly, in which Polish linguists are involved as well. The questions I ask are: Why are Polish people interested in the Polish language? How do they make sense of Polish and how do they conceptualise it? Where do their views come from? How do these beliefs shape everyday reality and contribute to what Poland is what it is today? The project falls under three disciplines: linguistic anthropology, sociolinguistics, and Slavonic and East European Studies.