Name-based derivatives suffixed with -izm /-yzm in the current political discourse in Poland

Iwona Góralczyk

Uniwersytet Warmińsko-Mazurski w Olsztynie

Joanna Paszenda

Uniwersytet Pedagogiczny w Krakowie


The present study offers a cognitive linguistic account of selected recent derivatives in
-izm/-yzm, such as jakizm, cejrowskizm, erdoganizm and petruizm(y)pl. Over a hundred
complex nouns of this type, employing a politician’s or a public figure’s name as the derivational
base, have been culled from online written sources. The coinages under analysis
are mostly occasionalisms that are currently used in informal and semi-formal political
discourse in Poland. Both their morpho-syntactic and semanto-pragmatic properties are
examined. The focus is placed on metonymies and metaphors that motivate the construction
of their meaning and enhance their semantic analysability.


political discourse, the Polish suffix -izm/-yzm, proper names, occasionalism, analysability, cognitive motivation

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Góralczyk, I., & Paszenda, J. (2020). Name-based derivatives suffixed with -izm /-yzm in the current political discourse in Poland. Prace Językoznawcze, 22(4), 21–40.

Iwona Góralczyk 
Uniwersytet Warmińsko-Mazurski w Olsztynie
Joanna Paszenda 
Uniwersytet Pedagogiczny w Krakowie


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