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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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Introduction and Overview of the Book


This book has grown out of my long-standing and great research interest in understanding Aeronautical English transmissions, wherein the coded phrases are mixed with specialist aviation vocabulary and simplified general English. Such a mixture exists in order to guarantee safety on the ground and during each phase of the flight. It seems to be an interesting issue as to whether the operational personnel feel comfortable with the requirements of aeronautical communication and the language they use, called Aviation or Aeronautical English. Effective communication becomes even more critical as the amount and complexity of air traffic increases. As a result of a rising demand for the free movement of people and goods, and military operations, aviation communication affects us all in one way or another. This book is concerned with an important topic in modern applied linguistics, namely the globalisation of Aviation English and the linguistic and applied consequences of this process.

Following an in-depth analysis of theoretical references and having attending thematic conferences, it became clear that my research on Aeronautical English may lead further than anticipated as Aviation English domain has lacked systematic theoretical investigation. The research literature in this context mainly describes aeronautical communication in emergency situations. Most studies are also devoted to training and testing, while theoretical aspects of what is being taught and tested tend to be ignored. Thus, I began with systematising the received knowledge on Aviation English and aviation communication in order to pave the way for further discussion in...

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