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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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I owe a debt of gratitude to the airline pilots and air traffic controllers who made time to respond to my Aviation English Communication Survey and also provided some additional comments. Without their cooperation, some parts of the book would have proved exceedingly difficult to write.

I would like to thank Professor Sambor Grucza, one of the two editors of this series, for challenging my ideas and giving valuable feedback.

I turn to thank my family for enduring the interruptions which the evolution of my research has exerted on their daily lives, especially my mother for her stimulating questions, my father for our mathematical discussions, and my son August for understanding the code I was speaking at home. The book is dedicated to them with love.

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