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Polski eurolekt

Czas realizacji projektu: 2016-2018

Kierownik projektu: dr hab. Łucja Biel

e-mail: l.biel@uw.edu.pl

Link: https://eurolekt.ils.uw.edu.pl/

Charakterystyka projektu: The project The Eurolect: an EU variant of Polish and its impact on administrative Polish (an abbreviated name: PL Eurolect) investigates the Polish Eurolect, a new hybrid variant of Polish, across four genres — legislation, judgments, reports and websites for citizens.

The Polish Eurolect is a translator-mediated variant used in the EU context. EU texts are produced in a multilingual environment of 24 official languages, which implies a constant switching and ‘fusion’ of languages. They are often a result of delicate political compromise between 28 Member States. EU texts are regarded to have developed a specific language; its distinctness is attested by a variety of largely pejorative names assigned to it, such as Eurospeak, Eurojargon, Eurolanguage, Eurolect, EUese, Euro-Legalese, Union legalese, Eurofog.

We will analyse how the Eurolect has evolved since late 1990s and how the unprecedented inflow of hybrid legal and semi-legal texts has affected administrative Polish. We will use a mixed-method approach, based largely on corpus linguistics and discourse analysis.

The project is funded by the Polish National Science Centre (NCN) with a SONATA BIS 4 grant No. UMO-2014/14/E/HS2/00782 to build a research team in the years 2015-2018. It is a follow-up of the Eurofog project (http://www.eurofog.eu/) funded by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education in 2010-2012, the results of which were published in the book Lost in the Eurofog. The Textual Fit of Translated Law (2014, Peter Lang).