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Avialinguistics

The Study of Language for Aviation Purposes

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Anna P. Borowska

The book presents the first comprehensive description of avialinguistics. The author analyses this new interdisciplinary branch of applied linguistics that recognises the role of language for aviation purposes. She provides an integrated approach to Aeronautical English and proffers insights into aviation discourse, discussing its current linguistic errors and providing suggestions for aviation English communication improvement. The author tests theoretical considerations against illustrative real-life examples so as to facilitate an interpretation of regular pilot-controller communications.

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Aviation does not sleep. Every minute somewhere in the world maintenance workers, technicians, engineers, cabin crew, pilots and air traffic controllers perform their work. Their aims can be achieved through successful aviation communication. Therefore, any Aviation English analysis automatically aims at aviation safety. Only profound comprehension of Aviation English discourse rules guarantees intelligibility. Hence the need for separate linguistic discipline that would recognise aviation communication benefits and problems as well as the role of language for aviation purposes. As noted in the Introduction, this book has undertaken to present for the first time a new field of knowledge called avialinguistics: how it is defined, where it came from, what it has already achieved, how it functions, and which direction it may take. This new area of inquiry allows for the systematisation of knowledge we already possess about global aviation communication and in particular a medium of communication in aviation, which is Aviation English. In this respect, I believe this book has filled a gap in linguistic research. In comparison to the majority of earlier studies, the approach presented in this book is totally innovative in its theoretically grounded and systematically undertaken analysis of authentic data. The aim of each chapter has been to offer long-investigated answers to questions of relevance for linguists, academic scholars, advanced learners and practitioners.

Avialinguistics is interdisciplinary because it describes aviation language which use is strictly connected with aviation knowledge, and it constitutes an independent branch of linguistics. Therefore, in Chapter 2.2...

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