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The Study of Language for Aviation Purposes
by Assoc. Prof. Anna P. Borowska, PhD
University of Warsaw - Poland
Aviation Communication Research Centre

E-mail : a.borowska@uw.edu.pl


DEFINITION

Avialinguistics is the study of aviation language that intersects two parent disciplines – linguistics and aviation. Interdisciplinary in nature, it requires knowledge in a variety of fields, including applied linguistics and aviation technology.

In merging two autonomous disciplines of completely different scientific interests – linguistics and aviation, avialinguistics opens a new research perspective as well as possibilities of mutual recognition of needs and mutual cooperation and an exchange of research results (2017).

OBJECT

Aviation Language is a special language for aviation purposes that is realised in the different forms of the sublanguages or tools, constituting its subsets based on particular aviation domains. Those subsets may share common lexicon and grammar structures, but are treated as separate sublanguages or tools of Aviation Language with their own characteristic features.

AL = {x1, x2, x3, … , x12}

Where we can list the following subsets: aeronautical language (SP, PAE), aviation engineering language (Simplified Aviation Language, aircraft/airport maintenance), aviation regulation, ATC language (excl. AeL, so ATC management language, ATC technology language), airport service language (ground handling language, rescue service language), terminal passenger service language, cabin crew language, aviation commerce language, aviation medicine language, aviation jargon.

AE ⊄ GE

- dependence concerning aviation communication (AC), aviation specialists (AS) and professional message (PM) they produce:
AC = f (AS, PM)

AREAS

- prescriptive view of aviation language
- aviation language description
- aviation language analysis (language use problems: dialects, registers, discourse communities)
- aviation language awareness (contact problems, cultural interactions)
- aviation language competence
- aviation linguistic behaviour
- aviation communication (narrowed down to linguistic aspects)
- aviation discourse
- aviation language error analysis
- improving aviation communication (with reference to linguistic aspects)
- aviation language teaching (resources, training, practice, interaction, understanding, use, contexts, inequalities, motivations, outcomes)
- aviation language learning (skills, awareness, rules, use, context, fluency, automaticity, attitudes, expertise)
- aviation language trainer training
- aviation language assessment and testing (validity, reliability, usability, responsibility, fairness)
- aviation lexicography
- aviation language translation

PURPOSE

The study of aviation language in all its professional aspects in relation to practical problems such as the prescription and the use of aviation language, the study of aviation communication, aviation texts, aviation language training methods, testing and rating.

TASKS

- Observation of aviation discourse and all its segments, e.g. syntax, phonology, lexis;
- In-depth analysis and description of aeronautical discourse;
- Analysis of users' intercultural linguistic awareness;
- Analysis and description of language and communication errors committed by aviation discourse users (incl. native speakers of English);
- Investigating into successful and non-successful communication strategies in the given context;
- Analysis of applied methods for specialised language teaching against current aviation communication problems, incl. the selection of proper technologies employed in the learning process and teaching materials;
- Analysis of aviation language testing and rating methods taking into account frequent aviation incidents;
- Preparation of language tests;
- Designing aviation language training syllabi.

 

RESEARCH by Prof. Dr Anna P. BOROWSKA

 

AVIATION ENGLISH THEORETICAL AND GRAMMATICAL ASPECTS

 

NATIVE SPEAKERS OF ENGLISH IN AERONAUTICAL DISCOURSE

 

INTERCULTURAL ASPECTS OF AERONAUTICAL COMMUNICATION

 

AVIATION ENGLISH TRAINING

 

AERONAUTICAL ENGLISH TESTING