ON THE DISCUSSION OF STANDARD AND 'LITERARY' CZECH
Admitting that certain mistakes in their paper (Cermak, Sgall and Vybiral 2005) have to be corrected, the authors claim that one of the main issues relevant to the present discussion concerns the difference between a book and a short paper which necessarily includes quotations from other writings; these should not be ignored, and the results of the research conducted up until now should be reflected. The present paper then argues that some of the old arguments are still valid and that the concept of a standard and its variants is to be understood taking into account a transitional zone between the standard and everyday spoken usage. The older traditions of prescriptive linguistics still have not been overcome by functional approaches, especially in school education.
F. Cermak, Ustav Ceskeho narodniho korpusu FF UK, nam. Jana Palacha 2, 116 38 Praha 1, Czech Republic
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