Edited by Theodossia-Soula Pavlidou
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 239] 2014
► pp. 207–226
Between person marking, ideology and politeness in contemporary Polish
The paper addresses changes in relational functions of ‘we’ in contemporary Polish and in the underlying models of culturally dominant ‘we’-group concepts. After some orientation to the ethnogrammar and ethnopragmatics of ‘we’ (Polish my), it focuses on a pragmatic analysis of a ‘we’ example taken from a semi-institutional context. Ultimately, it locates the discussion in a wider context of social and discursive change observable in contemporary Polish society. It demonstrates that the historical bifurcation of style into a T-based model of solidarity and a V-based model of deference is being eroded, and that cultural and communicative values are redefined along new priorities and demands. Emergent ‘we’-group concepts press for new patterns of address and mode of participant interaction.