Language use and Linguistic Attitudes: The Case Study of Schools with the Polish Language of Instruction

  • Nida Poderienė
Keywords: Polish language, Lithuanian language, language use, linguistic attitudes


The article presents the results of a questionnaire-based study of the most commonly used language at home, the choice of language in relation to other languages in different communicative situations and linguistic attitudes towards Polish, Lithuanian and English languages based on the survey analyzing responses of 3rd–8th grade student groups in two schools with the Polish language of instruction. Research data in relation to the age groups was analyzed regarding aspects such as the dominant language in communication with family and the choice of language preference over other languages. Students' language attitudes were studied in terms of language social value, learning motivation and personal relationship with the language. Research data on language dominance show that the majority of students communicate in Polish at home, although for some of them Polish is not the only language used in the family. Polish and Russian are usually preferred in everyday use. A significant correlation was found between language preference in linguistic activities and language attitudes