Applied linguistics is an interdisciplinary field. Major branches of applied linguistics include bilingualism and multilingualismcomputer-mediated communication (CMC), conversation analysiscontrastive linguisticssign linguisticslanguage assessmentliteraciesdiscourse analysislanguage pedagogysecond language acquisitionlexicographylanguage planning and policyinterlinguisticsstylisticspragmatics,forensic linguistics and translation. Major journals of the field include Annual Review of Applied LinguisticsApplied LinguisticsInternational Review of Applied LinguisticsInternational Journal of Applied LinguisticsIssues in Applied Linguistics, and Language Learning.

The tradition of applied linguistics established itself in part as a response to the narrowing of focus in linguistics with the advent in the late 1950s of generative linguistics, and has always maintained a socially accountable role, demonstrated by its central interest in language problems.Although the field of applied linguistics started from Europe and the United States, the field rapidly flourished in the international context. 

Applied linguistics first concerned itself with principles and practices on the basis of linguistics. In the early days, applied linguistics was thought as “linguistics-applied” at least from the outside of the field. In the 1960s, however, applied linguistics was expanded to include language assessment, language policy, and second language acquisition. As early as the 1970s, applied linguistics became a problem-driven field rather than theoretical linguistics. Applied linguistics also included solution of language-related problems in the real world. By the 1990s, applied linguistics has broadened including critical studies and multilingualism. Research of applied linguistics was shifted to "the theoretical and empirical investigation of real world problems in which language is a central issue."

Vocabulary:: Applied Linguistic Perspectives (2nd Edition)

Teaching Language As Communication (Oxford Applied Linguistics)

Online Communication in Language Learning and Teaching (Research and Practice in Applied Linguistics)

An introduction to applied linguistics: from practice to theory, 2nd Edition

Practice in a Second Language: Perspectives from Applied Linguistics and Cognitive Psychology

Language Planning and Education (Edinburgh Textbooks in Applied Linguistics)

Encyclopedic Dictionary of Applied Linguistics – A Handbook for Language Teaching

Introducing Applied Linguistics: Concepts and Skills

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