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Karol Janicki

Professor Emeritus
  • E-mailKarol.Janicki@uib.no
  • Visitor Address
    HF-bygget, Sydnesplassen 7
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7805
    5020 Bergen

Research interests

  • Sociolinguistics
  • Cognitive linguistics
  • General semantics
  • Philosophy of language
Academic article
  • Show author(s) 2017. What is conflict? What is aggression? Are these challenging questions? Journal of Language Aggression and Conflict. 156-166.
  • Show author(s) 2014. Connecting the linguist to industry and public institutions. International Journal of Applied Linguistics. 38-49.
  • Show author(s) 2011. Communication and understanding. AILA review. 68-77.
  • Show author(s) 2010. Lay people's language problems. International Journal of Applied Linguistics. 73-94.
  • Show author(s) 2002. A hindrance to communication: the use of difficult and incomprehensible language. International Journal of Applied Linguistics. 194-217.
  • Show author(s) 1995. The function of the standard variety: a contrastive study of Norwegian and Polish. International Journal of the Sociology of Language. 25-45.
  • Show author(s) 1994. Review of Gorlach, M. Englishes: Studies in varieties of English 1984 - 1988. Language Problems and Language Planning. 152-155.
  • Show author(s) 1991. Applying linguistics for peace education. International Journal of Applied Linguistics. 164-173.
  • Show author(s) 1990. Native speaker's perceptions of the foreigner's language: some preliminary findings. Sociolinguistics. 53-67.
  • Show author(s) 1990. A brief falsificationist look at contrastive sociolinguistics. Poznan Studies in Contemporary Linguistics. 5-10.
  • Show author(s) 1989. A rebuttal of essentialist sociolinguistics. International Journal of the Sociology of Language. 93-106.
  • Show author(s) 1987. On understanding misunderstanding: some further support for prototype linguistics. Folia linguistica. 463-470.
  • Show author(s) 1984. Contrastive sociolinguistics reconsidered. Poznan Studies in Contemporary Linguistics. 15-29.
  • Show author(s) 1980. Deviance beyond grammar. Studia Anglica Posnaniensia. 61-71.
  • Show author(s) 1979. Toward contrasting styles. Poznan Studies in Contemporary Linguistics. 23-33.
  • Show author(s) 1989. International Journal of the Sociology of Language 78. .
  • Show author(s) 2014. Non-typical behavior, language and conflict.
Popular scientific lecture
  • Show author(s) 1999. Grammatical differences between British and American English.
  • Show author(s) 1997. Cognitive linguistics.
Academic lecture
  • Show author(s) 2016. Peaceful communication: a study in language awareness .
  • Show author(s) 2016. Linguistics and society: from conflict talk to peaceful communication.
  • Show author(s) 2015. Non-aggressive language: a folk linguistic study.
  • Show author(s) 2012. Language problems in industry and public institutions.
  • Show author(s) 2011. What language problems lay language users have.
  • Show author(s) 2010. A plea for applied linguistics in deed.
  • Show author(s) 2009. The discourse of befuddlement.
  • Show author(s) 2009. Lay people's views of communication.
  • Show author(s) 2009. English as a global language.
  • Show author(s) 2008. Lay people's language-related problems.
  • Show author(s) 2008. Incomprehensible discourse as a lay language user’s problem.
  • Show author(s) 2007. Is Pluto a planet? Can a linguist have an answer?
  • Show author(s) 2006. The precision myth in the legal field and a cognitive linguistics view of legal language.
  • Show author(s) 2006. The Standard English conflict. An applied cognitive sociolinguist's view.
  • Show author(s) 2006. Definitional problems? Can a non-essentialist help?
  • Show author(s) 2006. An unpopular view on definitions.
  • Show author(s) 2005. Linguistic reflection of objectivism in the legal profession. More ammunition for applied cognitive sociolinguistics.
  • Show author(s) 2005. Applied sociolinguistics needs cognitive linguistics.
  • Show author(s) 2003. Interdisciplinarity in university education:putting philosophy and practice together.
  • Show author(s) 2003. British and American English.
  • Show author(s) 2001. Some theoretical and methodological questions on the use of difficult and incomprehensible language.
  • Show author(s) 2001. Much ado about little: linguistic aspects of the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal.
  • Show author(s) 2000. The use of incomprehensible language in the academic community.
  • Show author(s) 2000. Narratives and essentialism.
  • Show author(s) 2000. Incomprehensible language.
  • Show author(s) 1999. Do we need to make things difficult to understand?
  • Show author(s) 1999. Difficult language.
  • Show author(s) 1997. Searching for new interdisciplinarities.
  • Show author(s) 1996. New disciplinarities.
  • Show author(s) 1995. PC - conflict-ridden language, language-ridden conflict, or both?
  • Show author(s) 1993. Sociolinguistics in Poland: a socio-political analysis.
Academic anthology/Conference proceedings
  • Show author(s) 1979. Toward contrasting communicative competence. An analysis of style. Linguistic Research Inc..
Academic monograph
  • Show author(s) 2015. Language and Conflict. Selected Issues.
  • Show author(s) 2010. Confusing discourse.
  • Show author(s) 2006. Language Misconceived. Arguing for Applied Cognitive Sociolinguistics.
  • Show author(s) 2005. Standard British and American English. A brief overview.
  • Show author(s) 1999. Against essentialism: toward language awareness.
  • Show author(s) 1990. Toward non-essentialist sociolinguistics.
  • Show author(s) 1985. The foreigner's language. A sociolinguistic perspective.
Non-fiction book
  • Show author(s) 1995. Elements of British and American English. Poznan:SAWW.
Popular scientific article
  • Show author(s) 2003. Hvor mange språk kan du? Atrium, Studentmagasinet for HF-fakultetet, UIB. 38-39.
Feature article
  • Show author(s) 1998. Review of Manfred Gorlach's "More Englishes: New studies in varieties of English 1988-1994". Language Problems and Language Planning. 93-98.
  • Show author(s) 2013. Bare et ord?
Academic chapter/article/Conference paper
  • Show author(s) 2017. Language and conflict: arguing for interdisciplinarity and usefulness. 11 pages.
  • Show author(s) 2008. How cognitive linguists can help to solve political problems. 25 pages.
  • Show author(s) 2005. Julia Kristeva - science or charlatanry? A linguist's look at the first Holberg prize debate. 20 pages.
  • Show author(s) 2004. The sociology of language. 9 pages.
  • Show author(s) 2003. The ever-stifling essentialism: language and conflict in Poland (1989-1993). 23 pages.
  • Show author(s) 1998. Searching for new disciplinarities and ways of practising linguistics. 10 pages.
  • Show author(s) 1998. 'Political correctness' - conflict-ridden language, language-ridden conflict, or both? 16 pages.
  • Show author(s) 1997. On unconventional metaphor as a source of misunderstanding. -10 pages.
  • Show author(s) 1997. An essay in critical discourse analysis:how can linguists contribute to alleviating conflicts. -11 pages.
  • Show author(s) 1995. Sociolinguistics in Poland: history and prospects. 20 pages.
  • Show author(s) 1993. Language purism and propaganda:the first congress for Polish. 14 pages.
  • Show author(s) 1993. From small to large scale language conflicts: a philosophical perspective. 15 pages.
  • Show author(s) 1990. On the tenability of the notion 'pragmatic equivalence' in contrastive analysis. 8 pages.
  • Show author(s) 1990. Against extensive sound symbolism: a short argument for prototype linguistics. Som evidence from Polish and English. 11 pages.
  • Show author(s) 1986. Tertium comparationis in contrastive sociolinguistics. 16 pages.
  • Show author(s) 1986. Accommodation in native-speaker - foreigner interaction. 10 pages.
  • Show author(s) 1981. On the feasibility of pedagogical contrastive sociolinguistics. 10 pages.
  • Show author(s) 1980. Contrastive sociolinguistics. Some methodological considerations. 8 pages.
  • Show author(s) 1997. How cognitive linguistics can contribute to peace education.
  • Show author(s) 1996. On non-conventional metaphors as a source of conflict.
Academic literature review
  • Show author(s) 1984. Review of H.H. Stern. Fundamental concepts of language teaching. Studia Anglica Posnaniensia. 298-300.
  • Show author(s) 1980. Review of Henry Widdowson. Teaching language as communication. Glottodidactica : an international journal of applied linguistics. 140-144.
  • Show author(s) 1978. Review of Roger Bell. Sociolinguistics. Glottodidactica : an international journal of applied linguistics. 109-113.
  • Show author(s) 1977. Review of Donald Bowen. Patterns of American English pronunciation. Studia Anglica Posnaniensia. 217-221.
  • Show author(s) 1976. Review of Peter Trudgill. Sociolinguistics. Studia Anglica Posnaniensia. 204-207.
  • Show author(s) 1976. Review of John Schumann and Nancy Stenson (eds). New frontiers in second language learning. Studia Anglica Posnaniensia. 207-214.
  • Show author(s) 1975. Review of Windsor Lewis. A Concise Pronouncing Dictionary of British and American English. Linguistics. 130-134.

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Selected books

Selected recent articles

  • "Connecting the linguist to industry and public institutions". 2014. International Journal of Applied Linguistics. Vol. 24. No. 1. 38-49.http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ijal.12027/abstract
  • "Communication and understanding”. 2011. Applied Folk Linguistics. AILA Review 24. Eds. Wilton, Antje and Martin Stegu . Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins. Pp. 68-77. https://benjamins.com/#catalog/journals/aila.24/toc
  • "Lay people's language problems". 2010. International Journal of Applied Linguistics. Vol. 20. No. 1. 73-94. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1473-4192.2009.00229.x/abst...
  • “How cognitive linguists can help to solve political problems”. 2008. In: Gitte Kristiansen and René Dirven (eds.) Cognitive sociolinguistics: Language variation, cultural models, social systems. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. 
  • "The sociology of language”. 2004. In: Ammon, Ulrich, Dittmar, Norbert, Mattheier, Klaus and Peter Trudgill (eds.) An International Handbook of the Science of Language and Society. HSK Volume 3.1. Berlin-New York: Walter de Gruyter. 67-75.

He has also authored other journal articles, book chapters, and some reviews in the area of sociolinguistics, contrastive linguistics, cognitive linguistics, and language teaching. His articles and book chapters have been published, for instance, with Mouton de Gruyter, John Benjamins, Blackwell, Pergamon, and Günter Narr.

Current research project

The language of peace and non-aggression