Department of the Dictionary of the 16th-Century Polish Language (IBL PAN Toruń branch)


ul. Piekary 8
87-100 Toruń
Tel. 566 210 331

Department Chair: Dr. Patrycja Potoniec
Dr. Ewa Cybulska-Bohuszewicz
Ms. Aleksandra Ćwiklińska, M.A.
Ms. Anna Nath-Dokurno, M.A.
Mr. Krzysztof Opaliński, M.A.
Ms. Małgorzata Pierzgalska, M.A.
Ms. Lucyna Wilczewska, M.A
Mr. Piotr Małek
Dr. Damian Kaja

Retired scholars who participate in the activities of the Department:
Dr. Maria Frankowska
Ms. Anna Karasiowa, M.A.
Ms. Małgorzata Nobis, M.A.
Ms. Lucyna Woronczakowa, M.A.

About the Department:
Created in 1949, on the initiative of Professor Maria Renata Mayenowa, the Department consists of two units: one located in Toruń and one in Wrocław. The editorial work was first directed by Professor Franciszek Pepłowski (d. March 20, 2009). Currently, it is Professor Krzysztof Mrowcewicz who is in charge of all the projects and Dr. Patrycja Potoniec is the executive editor’s deputy.

So far, there have been thirty six volumes of Słownik polszczyzny XVI wieku [A Dictionary of the Polish Language in the 16th Century] published (from "A" to "Roztyrkność"). The material basis of the dictionary is a collection of sixteenth-century texts representing, as much as possible, all forms of writing: verse, prosaic, continuous, dialogical, rhetorical, scientific, narrative, etc. They are texts of different social origins and varying degrees of literariness, coming from all areas of Poland of the sixteenth century. All the words appearing in those texts are tackled except for local nad personal names. The collected file has more than eight million cards (approx. 100,000 entries). Unedited materials are arranged alphabetically and made available to researchers.

For more information see the Dictionary’s site:
Słownik polszczyzny XVI wieku [A Dictionary of the Polish Language in the 16th Century]: vols. 1-36 (from "A" to "Roztyrkność") – its electronic version at Kujawsko-Pomorska Biblioteka Cyfrowa.

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