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Aviation Communication

Between Theory and Practice


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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Silja Koble/Patricia Roh: Linguistic Characteristics of Aviation Englishand their Practical Use – an Analysis


42 Wendy Fox is a student at the FTSK in Germersheim and is currently doing her MA in Language, Culture and Translation. She was responsible for the transcriptions in the project “Interferences, conflicts and challenges in high risk communication – an empirical study of international aviation communication”. References Geoffrois, Edouard/Claude Barras/Steven Bird/Zhibiao Wu (2000): “Transcrib- ing with Annotation Graphs”, in Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, 1517-1521. ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) (2001): Air Traffic Manage- ment, 14th edition. ICAO Document 4444-ATM/501. ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) (2007): Manual of Radiote- lephony, 4th edition. ICAO Document 9432-AN/925. Selting, Margret et al. (1998): “Gesprächsanalytisches Transkriptionssystem (GAT)”, in: Linguistische Berichte 173, 91-122. 43 Silja Koble Patricia Roh Linguistic Characteristics of Aviation English and their Practical Use – an Analysis 1 Introduction The Deutsche Flugsicherung (DFS) in Germany is responsible for controlling about three million flights per year (cf. DFS 2009: 8). To keep a high safety level, efficient communication between all parties involved in air traffic, espe- cially between pilots and controllers, is very important. In order to achieve uni- form and unambiguous flight communication, binding standard guidelines were issued. Thus spoken English used in international flight communication became an artificial and reduced functional variety of the English language. This article will highlight the linguistic characteristics of Aviation English. The practical use of Aviation English was examined within the framework of a linguistic seminar at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Faculty of Translation Studies, Linguistics...

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