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O UCHYBIENIACH INTERPUNKCYJNYCH (BEZ POBŁAŻANIA)
On Polish punctuation shortcomings (no turning of a blind eye)

Author(s): Maciej Malinowski
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Theoretical Linguistics, Syntax
Published by: Dom Wydawniczy ELIPSA
Keywords: Polish punctuation; Polish philology; advanced punctuation

Summary/Abstract: This text analyses selected examples of punctuation shortcomings encountered in Polish statements (an official document, scientific and journalistic texts, a known idiom). The errors consist mainly in misusing commas (unjustified insertion after a phrase in a clause or omission from a subordinate clause). The author puts forward a thesis that the punctuation confusion in Polish texts results from insufficient familiarity with punctuation rules among numerous editors and proofreaders of articles before approving them for publishing. The author admits that, at times, a statement is not as unambiguous when it comes to evaluating punctuation as it seems. In such a situation, optionality of the punctuation standard should be permitted. In the conclusion part, the author points to the fact that “punctuation is a lesson of thinking” and that, as a result of the noticeable deterioration of linguistic competence among authors and editors, a subject such as Advanced Punctuation should be introduced for students of Polish Philology and Journalism.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 04
  • Page Range: 56-69
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: Polish