10 April 2013 The richness of the contemporary Polish language

Jan Miodek, Andrzej Markowski, Walery Pisarek, Bogusław Dunaj, Piotr Zbróg, Ewa Kołodziejek, Stanisław Gajda and many more eminent persons will take part in the conference on the 100th anniversary of the Krakow magazine Język Polski. The conference entitled ‘The richness of the contemporary Polish language’ will be held in Krakow on the 12th and the 13th of April (Friday-Saturday).

The conference will be opened on Friday (the 12th of April) at 10 a.m. in the Wincenty Danek Auditorium at the Pedagogical University of Cracow (ul. Podchorążych 2). At 9.30 a.m., a panel discussion entitled: ‘The culture of Polish language today’ will begin. The host of the discussion will be Bogusław Dunaj, and panellists will include Andrzej Markowski, Bogdan Walczak, Ewa Kołodziejek, Jan Miodek, Walery Pisarek, Piotr Zbróg and Stanisław Gajda.

At 11.30 a.m., a plenary session will start. Speeches will be delivered by: Piotr Żmigrodzki (IJP PAN) – 'Język Polski’ – more than a magazine; Halina Kurek (UJ) – Nominativisation in the contemporary Polish language – a simplification or elimination of the nominative inflection?; Bogusław Skowronek (UP) – On a new conception of research of Polish media language; Jadwiga Kowalikowa (UJ) – Thoughts on language education in schools…

At 3 p.m., sessions will begin in sections (the Pedagogical University of Cracow, ul. Podchorążych 2). Such sessions will also be held on Saturday (the 13th of April) at the Faculty of Polish Studies of the Jagiellonian University (ul. Gołębia 18-20) from 9 a.m.

The aim of the conference is to create a forum for exchange of thoughts on the Polish language of the second decade of the 21st century. The organisers want to draw our attention to the phenomena of the current Polish language that they consider to be interesting, valuable and praiseworthy and that ensure its effective role as a tool of communication between Poles in various speech and social situations.

The partners of the event are: the Main Board of the Society of Friends of Polish Language, the Institute of Polish Language of the Polish Academy of Sciences, the Faculty of Polish Studies of the Jagiellonian University, the Faculty of Philology of the Pedagogical University of Cracow. The patron of the event is the Council for Polish Language at the Presidium of the Polish Academy of Sciences and the Mayor of the City of Krakow – Jacek Majchrowski. Further information is available at: www.tmjp.pl.

As you may remember, one of the events planned for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Język Polski is the city game ‘What about Adam?’, which will take place on Tuesday (the 16th of April). On that day, secondary school students will arrive at the Small Market Square to make Adam Mickiewicz believe again that Poles do love their language. They will enter a competition, undertake a fight for the cultivation of the Polish tradition and language and show to Adam Mickiewicz that they still respect the Polish language. Wandering through Planty Park in teams, they will meet fantastic people: Jan Kochanowski, Saints Cyril and Methodius, the King and the Queen, who will ask them to solve language puzzles and tasks.