What is applied English language studies?

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Applied English language studies or applied linguistics is an interdisciplinary field of English language, which considers language theories in relation to assessment, teaching, and learning of the second language.  Combining these language theories, helps applied English to access a variety of different English language views and specifically the study of language nature.

The nature of the language

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As one main aspect of English language, applied English studies deal with the nature of the language as a whole and they tap into the features that distinct it from any other non-human languages. In applied English the aspects that are included as a part of the English language’s nature are known as displacement, arbitrariness, productivity, cultural transmission, discreteness, reflexivity, and duality.


In applied English, displacement is defined as the feature which enables human beings to talk about different events from different time intervals. This includes our ability to use different verb tenses (past, present, and future) within the domain of English language or any other language spoken around the world. This language ability also allows us to discuss imaginary things like dragons, monsters, and the like.


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Another feature of the language is its arbitrariness. This aspect of language relates to the connection between a word’s meaning and its form, which is solely arbitrary and does not follow a certain law.


Productivity is known as the feature, which helps the speakers of the language put the limited structures of language into use and create new-unheard sentences. This feature also explains the children’s ability to overgeneralize their learnings.

Cultural transmission 

According to cultural transmission, an individual’s race does not define his/her language and a person, who for instance was born in Japan, can easily learn English language if he/she is raised within an English speaking community.


Discreteness relates to the distinct sounds found in a language and how they can be combined to create different sounds, which eventually end up with creating a variety of meanings.


This feature allows individuals to use language to talk about the language itself.  Reflexivity in human language is probably known to be the language’s most distinctive feature.


Duality refers to that one characteristic of language, which explains how meaningless sounds are combined to create meaningful words. In other words it clarifies how sounds could both stand as meaningless entities, but also gain a meaning once they are put together.

Applied English covers a wide range of aspects and the nature of language is one of the many fields dealt within this domain. Among the subjects related to the nature of English language and other tongues, which distinct human language, are displacement, arbitrariness, productivity, cultural transmission, discreteness, reflexivity, and duality. These seven features make only a small part of the applied English studies.


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