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Explorations in Language and Linguistics

For Professor Piotr Stalmaszczyk on the Occasion of His 60th Birthday

by Łukasz Bogucki (Volume editor) Piotr Cap (Volume editor)
Edited Collection 252 Pages
Series: Łódź Studies in Language, Volume 57

Summary

This volume is dedicated to Professor Piotr Stalmaszczyk, Head of the Department of English and General Linguistics at the University of Łódź, on the occasion of his 60th birthday. It includes texts written by his students, colleagues and friends, dealing with a variety of urgent, widely discussed topics in the contemporary language studies. Spanning contributions from language history, philosophy, rhetoric and argumentation, methodology, and discourse studies, it provides an authoritative outline of the field and a timely response to the existing challenges, thus making for a concise handbook of modern linguistics. It is recommended to graduate students of philology, as well as researchers working in linguistics and other disciplines within the broad spectrum of humanities and social sciences.

Table Of Contents

  • Cover
  • Title
  • Copyright
  • About the author(s)/editor(s)
  • About the book
  • This eBook can be cited
  • Contents
  • List of Contributors
  • Introduction (Łukasz Bogucki / Piotr Cap)
  • An Essay on the History of the Idea of Language Inequality (Przemysław Żywiczyński)
  • Language, Argument and Philosophical Bewilderment (Martin Hinton)
  • Donkey Philosophy. Evidence and Explanation in Theorizing about Semantics (Mieszko Tałasiewicz)
  • Representing Utterance Meaning: In Search of a Proposition (Katarzyna M. Jaszczolt)
  • Cognitive Linguistics and Biolinguistics: On the Path to Rapprochement? (Henryk Kardela)
  • Some Synthetic and Analytic Constructions in Contemporary Polish: Non-Free Variation (Elżbieta Tabakowska)
  • Counting the Uncountable? Quantitative and Qualitative Methods of Analyzing Evaluative Language in Institutional Discourse. A Corpus Linguistic Perspective (Stanisław Goźdź-Roszkowski)
  • Representing Non-English Language Data in Discourse Studies: Insights from Interviews with Polish Migrants to the UK (Agnieszka Kiełkiewicz-Janowiak)
  • Language Attitudes in Recent Polish Immigrants to the UK (Ewa Waniek-Klimczak)
  • Explorations in the Rhetoric of the Brexit Campaign: Playing the Immigration Card for the Leave Vote (Piotr Cap)
  • Deception on the Orient Express – A Pragmatic-Philosophical Account of Film Deception (Marta Dynel)
  • A Prolegomenon to Translating Philosophy: An Interview with Barbara Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk (Łukasz Bogucki)
  • Series index

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List of Contributors

Łukasz Bogucki

University of Łódź

Piotr Cap

University of Łódź

Marta Dynel

University of Łódź

Stanisław Goźdź-Roszkowski

University of Łódź

Martin Hinton

University of Łódź

Katarzyna M. Jaszczolt

University of Cambridge

Henryk Kardela

UMCS Lublin

Agnieszka Kiełkiewicz-Janowiak

UAM Poznań

Elżbieta Tabakowska

Jagiellonian University of Kraków

Mieszko Tałasiewicz

University of Warsaw

Ewa Waniek-Klimczak

University of Łódź

Przemysław Żywiczyński

Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń

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Introduction

This volume is dedicated to Professor Piotr Stalmaszczyk, formerly Dean of the Faculty of Philology, currently Head of the Department of English and General Linguistics at the University of Łódź, on the occasion of his 60th birthday. Piotr Stalmaszczyk is one of the best known Polish linguists. He is a member of, among others, the Committee of Linguistics of the Polish Academy of Sciences, the Polish Linguistic Society, the Polish Philological Society, and the Łódź Learned Society. His academic output is so prolific that the bibliography included in this volume lists only monographs for the sake of space.

The volume’s generic title “Explorations in Language and Linguistics” is intentional. Piotr Stalmaszczyk’s academic interests span an extremely wide spectrum, from Celtology and language contact, through semantics, pragmatics, generative grammar, theoretical linguistics, to logic and philosophy of language. The dozen chapters in the volume, all authored by scholars affiliated with the Institute of English Studies in Łódź and Polish academics who have collaborated with Piotr Stalmaszczyk in the past, reflect these areas and due to their heterogeneity and academic quality would not only constitute pleasant reading matter for Professor Stalmaszczyk himself, but also make for a concise handbook of contemporary linguistics.

It is one thing to have diverse research interests, though, and quite another to be able to clearly see the big picture, the complex web of interrelations between them and their implications for the development of the humanities. The latter is a feat that few can accomplish. Even fewer can relay this knowledge in a succinct and digestible way through teaching in academia. Piotr Stalmaszczyk is not only an accomplished linguist and earnest observer of the mechanisms of language as a social phenomenon and communication tool, but also a successful teacher, who has managed to spark off keen interest in language in generations of graduates, among them the two editors of the present volume. A generativist at heart, he was not only able and willing to involve in informative and factual academic debates with cognitivists, but also present both linguistic schools of thought (and structuralism, and functionalism) to his students in an objective and lucid fashion.

Several of his students, colleagues, friends, and conferees have now come up with fresh ideas for discussion in the form of this book. The result is an inspiring collection of texts dealing with some of the most urgent themes within an extensive range of analytical fields and foci, from language history, philosophy, rhetoric and argumentation (Przemysław Żywiczyński, Mieszko Tałasiewicz, Martin Hinton), ← 11 | 12 → through methodology of linguistics (Henryk Kardela, Agnieszka Kiełkiewicz-Janowiak), to quantitative and qualitative discourse studies (Stanisław Goźdź-Roszkowski, Piotr Cap). The theoretical approaches and perspectives extending over these fields are among the most vibrant, fruitful and dynamically developing in the contemporary language studies, including cognitive linguistics (Elżbieta Tabakowska), discourse semantics (Katarzyna Jaszczołt), sociolinguistics (Ewa Waniek-Klimczak), and (multimodal) pragmatics (Marta Dynel). Readers of the volume will often find one issue discussed from several angles, such as language data serving to substantiate ontological claims about ‘the world’ (Hinton) and being itself an object of attention and analysis (Kiełkiewicz-Janowiak). Elsewhere, they are invited to judge some competing views on a phenomenon, as in Kardela’s discussion of a possible (?) rapprochement of cognitive linguistic and biolinguistic research frameworks. The analytical persuasions discussed and represented in the texts may thus be diverse, but certainly all in favor of (and themselves stimulating) a theoretical and methodological dialogue, a ‘live example’ of which comes in the interview of Łukasz Bogucki with Barbara Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk, which closes the book. As editors, we are pleased to be able to present this collection of essays and research papers to our colleague and friend, Professor Piotr Stalmaszczyk, but also to the general readership, in the hope that it constitutes a state-of-the-art picture of the ever-developing discipline of linguistics.

Łukasz Bogucki & Piotr Cap

Monographs Authored by Piotr Stalmaszczyk

2009. Studies in Celtic Languages and Celtic Englishes, Oficyna Wydawnicza LEKSEM.

2005. Celtic Presence. Studies in Celtic languages and literatures: Irish, Scottish Gaelic and Cornish, Łódź: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego.

1999. Structural Predication in Generative Grammar, Łódź: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego.

1992. The Structure of Thematic Relations in English, Łódź: EKORNO.

Monographs Edited by Piotr Stalmaszczyk

2017. Philosophy and Logic of Predication. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang.

2017. Understanding Predication. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang.

2016. Philosophical and Linguistic Analyses of Reference (Studies in Philosophy of Language and Linguistics 2). Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang. ← 12 | 13 →

2016. From Philosophy of Fiction to Cognitive Poetics (Studies in Philosophy of Language and Linguistics 4). Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang.

(with Fernandez Moreno, L.) 2016. Philosophical Approaches to Proper Names (Studies in Philosophy of Language and Linguistics 1). Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang.

2015. Od zdań do aktów mowy. Rozważania lingwistyczne i filozoficzne (Studia z metodologii i filozofii języka 3), Łódź: Zakład Językoznawstwa Angielskiego i Ogólnego i Wydawnictwo Primum Verbum.

2015. Metodologie językoznawstwa. Od dialektologii do dialektyki (Łódzkie Studia z Językoznawstwa Angielskiego i Ogólnego 4), Łódź: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego.

(with Bogucki, Ł., and Goźdź-Roszkowski S.) 2015. Ways to Translation (Łódź Studies in English and General Linguistics 3), Łódź-Kraków: Wydawnictwo UŁ i UJ.

(with Jaros, I.) 2015. Amor verborum nos unit. Studia poświęcone pamięci Profesora Sławomira Gali. Łódź: Polska Akademia Nauk Oddział w Łodzi i Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego.

2014. Philosophy of Language and Linguistics. The Legacy of Frege, Russell, and Wittgenstein (Philosophical Analysis 53). Berlin/Boston: De Grutyer.

2014. Semantics and Beyond. Philosophical and Linguistic Inquiries. (Philosophical Analysis 57). Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter.

2014. Issues in Philosophy of Language and Linguistics (Łódzkie Studia z Językoznawstwa Angielskiego i Ogólnego / Łódź Studies in English and General Linguistics 2). Łódź: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego.

(with Cap, P.) 2014. Pragmatyka, Retoryka, Argumentacja. Obrazy języka i dyskursu w naukach humanistycznych. Kraków: Universitas.

(with Szubko-Sitarek, W., and Salski, Ł.) 2014. Language Learning, Discourse and Communication. Studies in Honour of Jan Majer (Second Language Learning and Teaching). Cham, Heidelberg, etc.: Springer.

2013. Współczesna filozofia języka. Inspiracje i kierunki rozwoju (Studia z metodologii i filozofii języka 2), Łódź: Katedra Językoznawstwa Angielskiego i Ogólnego i Wydawnictwo Primum Verbum.

2013. Metodologie językoznawstwa. Ewolucja języka, ewolucja teorii językoznawczych (Łódzkie Studia z Językoznawstwa Angielskiego i Ogólnego 1), Łódź: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego.

2012. Współczesne językoznawstwo generatywne. Podstawy metodologiczne (Studia z metodologii i filozofii języka 1), Łódź: Katedra Językoznawstwa Angielskiego i Ogólnego i Wydawnictwo Primum Verbum. ← 13 | 14 →

2012. Philosophical and Formal Approaches to Linguistic Analysis, Frankfurt am Main: Ontos Verlag.

(with Fomin, M., and V. Blazek) 2012. Transforming Traditions. Studies in Archaeology, Comparative Linguistics and Narrative (Studia Celto-Slavica 6), Łódź: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego.

2011. Turning Points in the Philosophy of Language and Linguistics (Łódź Studies in Language 21), Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang.

2011. Metodologie językoznawstwa. Od genu języka do dyskursu, Łódź: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego.

2010. Metodologie językoznawstwa. Filozoficzne i empiryczne problemy w analizie języka, Łódź: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego.

2010. Philosophy of Language and Linguistics. Volume I: The Formal Turn, Frankfurt am Main: Ontos Verlag.

2010. Philosophy of Language and Linguistics. Volume II: The Philosophical Turn, Frankfurt am Main: Ontos Verlag.

(with Fomin, M.) 2010. Dimensions and Categories of Celticity. Studies in Language (Studia Celto-Slavica 4), Łódź: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego.

(with Fomin, M., and J. Jarniewicz) 2010. Dimensions and Categories of Celticity. Studies in Literature and Culture (Studia Celto-Slavica 5), Łódź: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego.

(with Oleksy, W.) 2009. Cognitive Approaches to Language and Linguistic Data. Studies in Honor of Barbara Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk, Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang.

2008. Metodologie językoznawstwa. Współczesne tendencje i kontrowersje, Kraków: Lexis.

(with Witczak-Plisiecka, I.) 2007. PASE Studies in Linguistics, Łódź: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego.

2006. Metodologie językoznawstwa. Podstawy teoretyczne, Łódź: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego.

(with Pstrusińska, J.) 2003. Collectanea Eurasiatica Cracoviensia (Zrozumieć Eurazję. Od starożytności do czasów współczesnych), Kraków: Księgarnia Akademicka.

2000. From Sounds to Discourse (Folia Linguistica Anglica 2), Łódź: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego.

1998. Projections and Mapping. Studies in Syntax (PASE Studies & Monographs. Volume 5), Lublin: Wydawnictwo Folium.

Biographical notes

Łukasz Bogucki (Volume editor) Piotr Cap (Volume editor)

Łukasz Bogucki is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Łódź, Poland. His interests are in translation studies, interpreting studies, audiovisual translation, and translation methodology. Piotr Cap is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Łódź, Poland. His interests are in cognitive pragmatics, critical discourse studies, political linguistics, genre theory, and methodology of linguistic analysis.

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