In the article, three sources of corpus engineering are mentioned: (a) theoretical and descriptive achievements of structural linguistics, (b) the formal apparatus of generative theories, and (c) the development of computational tools. For the last decades, the Polish language has been satisfactorily accounted for both in terms of morphology and syntax. On that basis, two corpus search engines have recently been designed to annotate Polish text corpora (Poliqarp) or to disambiguate them morphologically (Holmes). The prospects of corpus engineering in Poland do not look optimistic, indeed. Unlike in neighbouring countries, not many people work in the area of computational linguistics. The article expresses the author's hope that young Polish linguists may find the job attractive, not only intellectually.