The article first describes the present situation of the Kashubian language in Poland, its legal status and the population which speaks Kashubian in everyday life, as well as the strategies of development of major institutions and associations which take care of the Kashubian tradition and language. Second, the article examines the portrayal of some Kashubian language media in Poland, such as newspapers, radio stations and TV programmes. It also focuses on the Internet activities, such as the Kashubian portals and forums. Given some issues with translation, the authoress deals with major ways in which computers can be adapted to the Kashubian language through special keyboards and software for the Linux operating system. In many ways, promoting the Kashubian language through new technology proves that young people are involved in the maintenance of Kashubian identity. Thus, modern mass media, especially the Internet, can be successfully used as a vehicle for the ethnic heritage, tradition and language. Modern media vehicles can actually support ethnic groups rather than present a major threat for them.
Financed by the National Centre for Research and Development under grant No. SP/I/1/77065/10 by the strategic scientific research and experimental development program:
SYNAT - “Interdisciplinary System for Interactive Scientific and Scientific-Technical Information”.