European Journal of Applied Linguistics
Eur J Appl Ling
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Applied linguistics is generally understood as dealing with real world problems in which language and communication are an issue. However, only few of such problems are universal and can be addressed irrespective of the socio-historical context of their occurrence. Many of them are related to individual languages and language constellations, to specific speech communities, institutions and communities of practice, to special domains, modes and purposes of communication, and to practitioners from various professional backgrounds. Also, they are influenced by local policies and regulations. Hence, many of the problems applied linguistics deals with are determined by specific local conditions, and findings on and solutions of problems are less relevant on a global basis but should rather be generalised across regions only where these conditions are similar. The European Journal of Applied Linguistics (EuJAL) takes up this regionalized perspective. It focuses on the particular concerns of applied linguistics in European contexts, both by addressing problems that are typically relevant for the linguistic situation in Europe, from those on the level of the EU as a pan-national body down to the level of the individual, and by examining topics broached by or discussed in European applied linguistics in particular. In addition to resulting from an epistemological stance, EuJAL is a logical outcome of the regionalization policy of the Association Internationale de Linguistique Appliquée (AILA), supporting the societies' commitment to regionalization by focusing on the European language space and by giving applied linguists from this regional context an adequate forum. EuJAL is part of the joint activities of the European AILA affiliates.
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