The author agrees with the need to discuss the problems surrounding the functional stratification of contemporary Czech expressed in the article by F. Cermak, P. Sgall and P. Vybiral (2005). He requests that this discussion take place with maximum effort made to achieve theoretical precision, within a framework of possibilities without a priori ideologizing and in a truly dialogic manner. In this sense, the author provides several suggestions. Above all it is necessary for the differences of opinion originating from varying interpretations of Czech national history to be mutually elucidated, but it is especially necessary to clarify the mutual relationship between the differing methodological points of departure from a purely linguistic perspective. If we are to substitute the previously existing traditional conceptual schemes based on the term 'iterary language' with a scheme centered around the term 'standard', it is necessary to do so in a thorough, consistent and structured manner.
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