Language and Education: Papers from the Annual Meeting of by George M. Blue, Rosamond Mitchell

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G. 'Language and Nation', 'Language and Culture', 'Language and Change') indicate that this is no longer the case. Similarly, in the early days of BAAL it could have safely been assumed that the kind of education that members were involved in was for the most part foreign language teaching. Although this remains an important strand within the association, the present collection shows that applied linguists now share many different concerns within the educational field as well as outside it. In planning the 1995 Annual Meeting we divided the major theme area into three sub-themes: 'Mother Tongue Classrooms', 'Second/Foreign Language Classrooms' and 'Language Policy and Education'.

2), and he recognises that linguistics could be applied to areas other than language teaching. The Politzer formulation suggests a technology drawing upon linguistics which is less humane and educationally sensitive than Mackey's. A year later, Pit Corder extends this notion to one of theoretical dependence: The application of linguistic knowledge to some objector applied linguistics, as its name impliesis an activity. It is not a theoretical study. It makes use of the findings of theoretical studies.

Yet, although linguistics is a science, 'applied science' does not necessarily include linguistics. The creation of applied linguistics as a discipline represents an attempt to find practical applications for 'modern scientific linguistics'. While assuming that linguistics can be an applied science, it brings together such diverse activities as the making of alphabets by missionaries and the making of translations by machines. The use of the term has now become crystallized in the names of language centres, reviews, books, and articles.

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