The place of polish in the multilingual space of the European Union

  • T. I. Neprytska Vinnytsya regional institute of post­diploma education of pedagogical staffs
Keywords: Poland, the European Union, language, culture, Polish language, language policy, image

Abstract

The article studies the position of the Polish language in the multilingual space of the European Union and determines the key factors which facilitate its gaining popularity and spreading in Europe. A large territory and population determine the significant presence of Polish in the European Union. Intense economic development facilitates popularization of learning and using Polish in the business medium, however, English was and still remains the dominating language of business. Active work of the state on improving the reputation of the country abroad, civilizational (value­based) unity with other nations of the EU, favorable geographical position, common Indo­European roots of Germanic, Romanic and Slavonic  languages as well as usage of the Latin type create favorable conditions for the development and popularization of Polish on the territory of the EU. The article also mentions a number of concerns, which are rooted in the historical past of a dependent or semi­dependent existence of the Polish people, namely, the existence of the Polish and culture in the shade of German and Russian culture space, the negative international image of modern Poland, which was formed at the beginning of the 1990­s, the low level of Europeans’ familiarization with the Polish culture, absence of popularity and economic necessity of learning Polish abroad.

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Published
2015-03-26
How to Cite
Neprytska, T. I. (2015). The place of polish in the multilingual space of the European Union. Grani, 18(4), 86-90. https://doi.org/10.15421/1715084
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