The Council for the Polish Language at the Presidium of the Polish Academy of Sciences
The Status of the Council
The Council for the Polish Language (Rada Języka Polskiego, RJP) was formed by the Presidium of the Polish Academy of Sciences (Polska Akademia Nauk, PAN) by decree no. 17/96 passed on 9 September 1996. The Council’s activities were outlined in the Polish Language Act of 1999.
The Objectives of the Council
As stipulated in the Polish Language Act and the Council’s rules, the Council’s main responsibility is to provide valuations and assessments on all matters concerning the use of the Polish language in public communication.
The Council’s objectives include:
- promoting knowledge about the Polish language, its variants, norms and criteria for its correct use, as well as advising about the correct language forms suitable in various situations;
- dispelling doubts concerning the correct use of vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, spelling and punctuation, as well as doubts concerning the stylistic appropriateness of a given utterance;
- developing the use of Polish in branches of science and technology, particularly in new disciplines (e.g. IT);
- evaluating the language of public communication, particularly in the media and government;
- assessing the rules for spelling and punctuation;
- giving opinions about the names suggested for new products and services, including grammar and spelling;
- promoting teaching of Polish grammar and style in school curricula.
Cooperation with Other Institutions
The Council cooperates with other national institutions (in particular with the Ministry of Culture and Heritage, the Ministry of National Education, the Ministry of Interior and Administration, the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection, and the National Trading Inspectorate, as well as the Sejm). Its main task is to provide expertise concerning the use of the Polish language in public communication.
In accordance with the Polish Language Act, the Council presents a report on the condition of the Polish language to the Polish Sejm and Senate once every two years.
The Council reviews Polish language dictionaries. Those that receive a positive opinion are then recommended by the Council.
The Council’s Procedures
New members of the Council are elected every three years. The Council meets twice a year.
The Council has eight commissions: the Didactic Commission, the Religious Language Commission, the Legal Language Commission, the IT Language Commission, the Media Language Commission, the Medical Language Commission, the Commission for Spelling and Onomastics, and the Commission for the Spoken Polish Grammar and Style.
The Council’s Academic Activities
The Council organizes conferences of which the most important is the “Forum Kultury Słowa” [Forum for Good Usage of Polish].
Books are published under the aegis of the Council.
Twice a year the Council publishes a newsletter entitled “Komunikaty Rady Języka Polskiego przy Prezydium Polskiej Akademii Nauk” [Announcements of The Council for the Polish Language at the Presidium of the Polish Academy of Sciences],which is sent to interested persons and institutions.