Academic journal article International Journal of Education

A Monograph On: Educational Linguistics, Its Origin, Definitions and Issues It Accounts For

Academic journal article International Journal of Education

A Monograph On: Educational Linguistics, Its Origin, Definitions and Issues It Accounts For

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Purpose: To present argumentatively Spolsky's proposed idea of exempting the field of applied linguistics from his proposed field educational linguistics and Hult's view that only the history of educational linguistics can be inextricably linked to applied linguistics.

Method: Accounting for the history of educational linguistics in terms of its origin, definitions, and issues it accounts for. Besides, the author presents his own proposed models for the field of educational linguistics to be discussed against those models proposed by Spolsky (the father of educational linguistics).

Results and conclusions: Whether applied linguistics and educational linguistics are the same remains a controversial issue, but it is very clear that applied linguistics could include educational linguistics but not vice versa.

Keywords: educational linguistics; applied linguistics; fields of linguistics

1. Introduction

Principally, language learning at least as native is [as old as human beings]. However, the need of transferring the knowledge of one advanced nation to another developing nation requires the educated people of the developing nation to learn the language of that developed nation. By the time, the importance of learning another language rather than one's native language becomes not only for knowledge transfer, but for a number of educational, academic, social, economic, financial, tour, and etc. purposes. Thus, the field of language learning, teaching and pedagogy has been increasingly and considerably developed during the recent centuries starting gradually from the age of Renaissance.

Strictly speaking and theoretically, the study of language is very old but later on one century after another, at least one or two new fields are added to enhance and extend the study of language in all over the world. Simply put, the study of language has been considerably developed to the extent some linguists have started to seriously but arguably consider it as a [science] rather than a branch of (Humanities). This considerable development in the field of language (linguistics) has led to the evolution of other branches to prove it as a science rather than just only merely predicted theories. Namely, this new evolved field is called as (Applied Linguistics).

As a matter of fact, applied linguistics has started in nearly the 1940s as a term referring to [second] and foreign language pedagogy, but I personally believe that the real implication for this term is the applied side for all matters of language, those which account for issues such educational linguistics, clinical linguistics [psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics], forensic linguistics, sociolinguistics, and so on and so forth.

This research-paper accounts for the issues of education and language learning and teaching, named by the Spolsky as (Educational Linguistics). It includes arguments in favour and against Spolsky's proposed model(s) regarding educational linguistics and its relation to (General Linguistics, Linguistics and Applied Linguistics).

The study also accounts briefly for main issues accounted for by educational linguists. The researcher has to a great extent depended on [theoretical date] that is [original] and early writings regarding this field of study.

In short, this research-paper [monograph] will start with mentioning the origins of this field (Educational Linguistics) in relation to other fields (General Linguistics, Linguistics and Applied Linguistics). After that, early definitions of this field along with some proposed definitions by the researcher will be declared. The part before the final one will include the issues accounted for by educational linguists, but in between, the researcher will introduce both Spolsky's models for the place of educational linguistics and the researcher's [proposed/suggested] [alternative] models.

2. Origin and definitions of educational linguistics

Naturally, language is a means of human communication, they say. …

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