Definition of applied linguistics in English:

applied linguistics

plural noun

  • treated as singular The branch of linguistics concerned with practical applications of language studies, for example language teaching, translation, and speech therapy.

    • ‘Since applied linguistics is concerned with language problems as experienced in the real world, it might appear that the two areas of enquiry in effect converge into one.’
    • ‘If applied linguists were to take these accounts more seriously, applied linguistics might contribute more directly to improving the human condition.’
    • ‘While negotiating for meaning has become extensively studied, negotiating as a speech event remains a curiously under researched area in applied linguistics.’
    • ‘It runs courses on theoretical and applied linguistics and holds research workshops.’
    • ‘The present paper illustrates the use of corpus-based analytical techniques to address a range of issues in applied linguistics.’
    • ‘As well as coping with the stress of the show, Tony has been juggling his university course, an MA in applied linguistics with a full-time job as an administrator at a London further education college.’
    • ‘She's earning her doctorate in German applied linguistics at Pennsylvania State University and taught English at Bellevue's City University.’
    • ‘Two issues are addressed here: the scope of applied linguistics, and the social justice issue of police procedures for dealing with limited proficiency speakers of majority languages.’


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