structuralism; evolution of studies on language; linguistics; methodological principles
Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Forum Lingwistyczne, Nr 3 (2016), s. 109-116
This article attempts to offer a brief description of the overall situation in contemporary linguistics
in the context of the changes taking place. Specifically, it refers to the ongoing discussions in the
areias of various contemporary humanist disciplines on the subject of the achievements of structuralism
and is future prospects in studies on language. The main theses considered here are: 1. One should
not speak of the decline structuralism without indicating how this term should be understood and
defining the scope of the teoretical-methodological principles developed by de various structuralist
schools. 2. Taking into account the general principles and methods of the description, as given in
the majority of contemporary literature on the subject it may reasonably be supposed that as yet
no theoretical-methodological counter-proposal has emerged which, opposing structuralism, would
discard al its basic premises while at the same time protecting the autonomy of linguistics as a science.
The author endeavours to show that it would be more rational to speak of a successive – and
broadly enriched – stage of evolution of the idea of structuralism.