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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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Chapter 7: Aeronautical Communication Investigation Results

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Chapter 7 Aeronautical Communication Investigation Results

7.1 The scope of the study

This Chapter presents results obtained in the course of my research into aviation communication processes. This research was conducted over four months and covers a period from July 2016 until November 2016. It focused on Aeronautical English oral performance assessment from the user perspective with elements of self-assessment. For the purposes of simplification, I narrowed down the term aviation communication here by which I mean ATCO-pilot oral communication.

The research is motivated by several considerations in the context of Aeronautical English in use as a contributing factor to global safety. First, the received information can be crucial for a description of current aeronautical communication and can help us to understand how Aeronautical English is used nowadays and what are its strengths and weaknesses. Second, the collected answers support understanding of potential miscommunication. Third, it may indicate areas to improve in the aeronautical communication process at the levels of language and culture, and may in turn influence the future training and testing. The objective was to capture not only the qualitative, but also the quantitative aspects of aeronautical communication in the year 2016, and slightly before. Previous empirical studies in this aspect have not focused on analysing operational personnel’s opinions on aeronautical communication amongst current AeE speakers (both NS and NNS) comprised of various nationalities of diversified language groups. Nor have studies been dedicated to separate NS’ and NNS’ communication...

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