WARSAW, Poland – Polish language experts have launched a campaign to preserve the challenging system of its diacritical marks, saying the tails, dots and strokes are becoming obsolete under the pressure of IT and speed.
The campaign initiated Thursday by the state-run Council of the Polish Language is part of the UNESCO International Mother Language Day. Its Polish name is complicated for a non-Polish keyboard: "Je,zyk polski jest a,-e."
That's a pun meaning that Polish language needs its tails and is top class. Part of the meaning is lost and the pronunciation sounds wrong if the marks aren't there.
Linguist Jerzy Bralczyk says the diacritical marks are a visual, defining feature of the Polish language, they carry meaning and enrich the speech.