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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 3: Delimiting the Scope of Aviation Communication and Aeronautical Communication


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Chapter 3 Delimiting the Scope of Aviation Communication and Aeronautical Communication

3.1 Aviation communication

In each of its varieties, aviation communication is realised through texts (written and oral) produced in Aviation English by aviation specialists. Such texts constitute aviation discourse characteristic for a particular aviation domain. With regard to aeronautical discourse, it is revealed through dialogues between pilots and controllers, pilots and pilots, controllers and ground services, and pilots and ground services. These dialogues can be further divided into smaller units, namely sentences and their parts (see Chapter 4).

In general, communication is considered:

A process by which information is exchanged between individuals through a common system of symbols, signs, or behaviour.

(Merriam-Webster Dictionary 2016)

The mutual process through which persons interpret messages in order to coordinate individual and social meanings.

Human manipulation of symbols to stimulate meaning in other humans.

The process by which a person, group, organization (the sender) transmits some type of information (the message) to another person, group, organization (the receiver).

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