WHY DOES THE SOCIETY NEED LINGUISTS? REMARKS ON THE TASKS OF CONTEMPORARY NORMATIVE LINGUISTICS (Po co spoleczenstwu jezykoznawcy? Uwagi o zadaniach wspólczesnej normatywistyki)
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The article expresses views in the discussion initiated by A. Markowski on the tasks of contemporary normative linguistics, the contribution of linguists in spreading the knowledge of correct Polish, as well as on the new concept of language culture in the changing social-cultural reality. The authoress underlines the importance of linguistic education of the society and the necessity to introduce linguistics as a separate school subject. She advocates strengthening the role of the ideal model norm, guarding communicative and cultural community. She is in favour of the concept of language culture, which includes an ability to estimate correctness of various linguistic behaviours, linguistic competence of communication participants, their ability to cooperate linguistically, linguistic ethics and esthetics. It is the linguists' duty to persuade the society that the ideal knowledge of Polish guarantees better functioning in social life and better understanding of the world.
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