Applied linguistics is an umbrella term that covers a wide set of numerous areas of study connected by the focus on the language that is actually used. The emphasis in applied linguistics is on language users and the ways in which they use languages, contrary to theoretical linguistics which studies the language in the abstract not referring it to any particular context, or language, like Chomskyan generative grammar for example. – By Kamil Wiśniewski Aug 29th, 2007
Applied Linguistics is the use of language-related research in a wide variety of fields, including language acquisition, language teaching, literacy, literary studies, gender studies, speech therapy, discourse analysis, censorship, workplace communication, media studies, translationstudies, lexicography, and forensic linguistics.- Richard Nordquist
‘Applied Linguistics (AL) provides the theoretical and descriptive foundations for the investigation and solution of language-related problems, especially those of language education (first-language, second-language and foreign-language teaching and learning), but also problems of translation and interpretation, lexicography, forensic linguistics and (perhaps) clinical linguistics.’ (Dick Hudson’s online survey of BAAL British Association of Applied Linguistics members)
2. Find similarities and differences of those three definitions.
3. Describe the scope of applied linguistics.
Scope of applied linguistics:
- Language teaching and learning
- Language testing
- Psycho and neurolinguistics
- Discourse analysis
- Computational linguistics
- Translation studies