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Aviation Communication

Between Theory and Practice

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Edited By Silvia Hansen-Schirra and Karin Maksymski

This book contains a collection of articles dealing with aviation communication from a practical as well as a theoretical perspective. Its publication arises as a result of the conference «Languages and cultures above the clouds – International English between standardization and everyday aviation communication», which took place on the 4th and 5th November 2010 at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Germersheim. The book substantiates and prospectively encourages an exchange between pilots, air traffic controllers, (language) trainers and researchers, i.e. an exchange between theory and practice. Not only does it contribute to the discussion of communication problems, but also to the development of efficient solutions concerning communication in Air Traffic Control.

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This book contains a collection of articles dealing with aviation communication from a practical as well as a theoretical perspective. Its publication arises as a result of the conference “Languages and cultures above the clouds – Interna- tional English between standardization and everyday aviation communication”, which took place on the 4th and 5th November 2010 at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Germersheim. This international conference was organized by Sil- via Hansen-Schirra and Martina Sahliger in cooperation with the Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH (Site Stuttgart, Bernhausen/Filderstadt) and was funded by the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (Inneruniversitäre Forschungsförde- rung Stufe I) within the project “Interferences, conflicts and challenges in high risk communication – an empirical study of international aviation communica- tion”. The aim of the conference and, in consequence, also of this book is to promote the dialogue between researchers, operative aviation staff, and (language) train- ers – i.e., between the theoretical and practical protagonists of the field. All of them deal with language issues, especially with the standard phraseology devel- oped by the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) in order to make aviation communication more consistent, efficient, and safer. To this end, the following questions have to be addressed: - Which role do language and language rules in general and (non-native) English in particular play for aviation communication? - How can the ICAO Standard be applied in every-day practice? - How do deviations from the standard phraseology affect the daily routine of pilots and controllers? - How can language training for controllers and...

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