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University of Silesia in Katowice

  • Polski
  • English
Faculty of Humanities
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Institute of Linguistics


  • Diachronic Linguistics.
  • (Inter)cultural Linguistics.
  • Theoretical Linguistics.
  • Applied Linguistics.
  • Translation Studies and Comparative Linguistics.

Leading fields of study:

  • Diachronic Linguistics: history of the English language and Germanic languages, history of the Polish language
  • Applied Linguistics: research related to language acquisition, teaching Polish and foreign languages (including Polish as a foreign language), as well as multilingualism, applied psycholinguistics, and research in the field of speech therapy
  • Translation studies: research on the translation and interpretation process, research related to the translator and the quality of translation
  • Stylistics: the study of style in texts
  • Media linguistics and genre studies: analysis of media appearances, media discourse and speech genres
  • Persuasion Theory: research on persuasive utterances, advertising discourse and the language of politics
  • Research on Silesian ethnolect: unique research on the Silesian dialect, its varieties and evolution
  • Experimental phonetics: research related to various aspects of pronunciation in native language and foreign languages, especially English

The most important research grants:

  • Phonetic imitation in native and foreign language
  • Acoustic features of Polish consonant geminates
  • National stereotypes as categories of memory
  • Pilot studies of the vocal tract during articulation
  • Humanistic education for the climate
  • Silesian ethnolect
  • Formulaic discourse


  • Speech Processing Laboratory: phonetic and phonological research
  • Laboratory of Educational and Language Eye-Tracking Research: the strategies of reading texts are examined with the use of an eye tracker

research teams

team leader

Prof. Wiesław Banyś

contact: wieslaw.banys@us.edu.pl

topic of the research task
Semantics and lexis of Romance languages and the English language for the purpose of translation into Polish.

keywords: Epistemology, lexicography, interjections, legal translation, qualitative adjectives, object classes, frames, scripts, contrastive analysis

team leader

Grzegorz Drożdż, PhD, DLitt, Associate Professor

contact: grzegorz.drozdz@us.edu.pl

topic of the research task
Cognitive linguistics in theory and application.

keywords: cognitive linguistics, semantics, figurative language, grammar, conceptual patterns, encyclopedic knowledge, foreign language didactics, contrastive linguistics (Polish-French-English)

team leader

Dagmara Gałajda, PhD

contact: dagmara.galajda@us.edu.pl

topic of the research task
Teacher well-being.

keywords: well-being during language classes, communication competence, classroom management, gamification, affective factors, positive psychology, linguistic awareness, reflective learning, photovoice, emotions

team leader

Ewa Gumul, PhD, DLitt, Associate Professor

contact: ewa.gumul@us.edu.pl

topic of the research task
Research on the process of translation.

keywords: simultaneous interpreting, translation, interpreter’s individual style, cognitive effort, process methods, the process of translation, eye-tracking, keylogging, retrospective protocols

team leader

Grażyna Kiliańska-Przybyło, PhD, DLitt

contact: grazyna.kilianska-przybylo@us.edu.pl

topic of the research task
Eye-tracking research relating to foreign language acquisition; preparing teachers to teach English and Polish as a foreign language—research on cultural factors.

keywords: eye-tracking – research, strategies of learning, foreign language, late adulthood, individual differences, attention, linguistic awareness, educational context, multilingualism, multiculturalism

team leader

Aleksandra Paliczuk, PhD

contact: aleksandra.paliczuk@us.edu.pl

topic of the research task
Studies on the language and culture of Italy. Analysis in theoretical and applied linguistics and traductology.

keywords: cognitive linguistics, text linguistics, dialectology, translation, metaphor, cognitive grammar, applied linguistics, contrastive linguistics, specialist languages, glottodidactics

team leader

Arkadiusz Rojczyk, PhD, DLitt, Associate Professor

contact: arkadiusz.rojczyk@us.edu.pl

topic of the research task
Research on speech production.

keywords: speech production and perception, speech in COVID-19, acquisition of pronunciation, gemination

team leader

Joanna Sycz-Opoń, PhD

contact: joanna.sycz@us.edu.pl

topic of the research task
Information-seeking behaviour of specialist text translators.

keywords: Information-seeking behaviour, translator’s instrumental competence, translator’s research competence, translator’s workspace, CAT tools, MT postedition

team leader

Krystyna Warchał, PhD, DLitt, Associate Professor

contact: krystyna.warchal@us.edu.pl

topic of the research task
Specialist discourses from a cross-cultural perspective.

keywords: Academic discourse, scholarly communication, English for Academic Purposes, genre analysis, discourse analysis, English as a Lingua Franca, the pragmatics of academic communication, cross-cultural communication, promotional discourse

team leader

Adam Wojtaszek, PhD, DLitt, Associate Professor

contact: adam.wojtaszek@us.edu.pl

topic of the research task
Linguistic neophilological research in English and Romance studies.

keywords: diachronic linguistics, applied linguistics translation studies, corpus linguistics, theory of linguistics, specialist languages

team leader

Jolanta Lubocha-Kruglik, PhD, DLitt, Associate Professor

contact: jolanta.lubocha-kruglik@us.edu.pl

topic of the research task
Linguistic neophilological research in German, Russian and Slavic studies.

keywords: specialist languages, translation studies, discourse, lexicography, semantics, sociolinguistics, contrastive linguistics, linguistic genology

team leader

Małgorzata Płomińska, PhD, DLitt

contact: malgorzata.plominska@us.edu.pl

topic of the research task
Functional and communication aspects of selected language registers.

keywords: specialist discourse, specialist text linguistics, translation studies, didactics

team leader

Mirosława Siuciak, PhD, DLitt, Associate Professor

contact: miroslawa.siuciak@us.edu.pl

topic of the research task
Linguistic research in Polish studies.

keywords: pragmalinguistics, sociolinguistics, history of language, semantics, discursology, speech therapy, linguistic genology, onomastics, linguistic didactics, Upper Silesian regional discourse, glottodidactics

team leader

Katarzyna Sujkowska-Sobisz, PhD, Associate Professor

contact: katarzyna.sujkowska-sobisz@us.edu.pl

topic of the research task
Discourse and its varieties (pragmatic, ideological and genological factors).

keywords: discourse analysis, linguistics of remembrance, corpus linguistics exclusion, tolerance, linguistic approaches to social archival science, pandemic discourse

team leader

Prof. Bernadeta Niesporek-Szamburska

contact: bernadeta.niesporek-szamburska@us.edu.pl

topic of the research task
Applied linguistics: pro-climate attitudes in humanistic education.

keywords: ecological humanities, educational discourse, green reading and writing, ecological reading, genology of climate discourses, media, media genres, non-fiction and climate catastrophe, ethnolinguistics, communication tools, affective factors, teacher surveys, distance learning

team leader

Magdalena Pastuch, PhD, DLitt, Associate Professor

contact: magdalena.pastuch@us.edu.pl

topic of the research task
Diachronic pragmalinguistics.

keywords: history of language, diachronic pragmalinguistics semantics, diachronic pragmaticalisation, subjectivisation, intensifiers, operators in pragmatics, expressivisms, tradition of linguistic etiquette

team leader

Prof. Jacek Warchala

contact: jacek.warchala@us.edu.pl

topic of the research task
“How is it done? Advertisement. Structure of a campaign” editing and publication of a monograph.

keywords: an advertising campaign, image building, advertisement, slogan, advertising tools, BTL, ATL, marketing, target group, brand

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