Applications in Applied Linguistics departs from a comprehensive concept that views Applied Linguistics as the application of findings, theories and methods of sciences related to issues of language and communication, and that distinguishes different modes of applications (practical vs. theoretical, and top-down, i.e. departing from science, vs. bottom-up, i.e. departing from a real-life problem). These different modes are exemplified by descriptions of different domains of application that often have a far reaching impact on societies and individuals. Narrowing down the range of problems with language and communication from the level of societies to that of groups and individuals, the contributions describe problem areas and applied linguistic ways of dealing with them in the fields of language policy and planning; language and communication in the legal sphere; communication of migrants in diaspora situations; language and communication in the media; and in the study of communication disorders.
1. Introduction; 2. Applications in applied linguistics: Modes and domains (by Knapp, Karlfried); 3. Articles; 4. Current issues in LPP research and their impact on society (by Darquennes, Jeroen); 5. Legal linguistics as a mutual arena for cooperation: Recent developments in the field of applied linguistics and law (by Engberg, Jan); 6. Diaspora: Multilingual and intercultural communication across time and space (by Wei, Li); 7. Investigating language and the media: The case of newswriting (by Perrin, Daniel); 8. Linguistics in the service of communication disorders: New frontiers (by Ravid, Dorit)