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The Study of Language for Aviation Purposes


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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Chapter 2: Avialinguistics


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Chapter 2 Avialinguistics

Aviation language (more often referred to as Aviation English in its global context) and aviation communication are important and fast developing objects of applied linguistics. However, due to their individual characteristics that are not shared by any other specialised (sub)languages or specialised type of communication, their wide range of subjects, high risk environment and a strict regulatory framework they appear in as well as hermetic community of users; the need for a new interdisciplinary branch of linguistics arises to be devoted only to aviation linguistic matters. Before I define and describe this branch that links aviation and linguistics in detail, I would like to mention what has been done so far in the field of aviation language research.

Although Aviation English has been a subject of study for decades now, it is still very young. Far from being recognised as an independent one, AE is regarded by theorists merely as one of the many subject areas of Languages and English for Special Purposes. Even more surprising is the low profile attributed to AE by aviation specialists, apart altogether from their contribution to regulations thereof. Compared with the immense quantity of aeronautical dialogues produced daily, the literature on AE is meagre indeed. The interests in AE study are strictly connected with the history of modern aviation if we look at the literature in chronological order. In the following section, I only focus on various developments that have emerged over the...

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