Article published in:World Applied Linguistics: A Celebration of AILA at 40
Edited by Susan M. Gass and Sinfree Makoni
[AILA Review 17] 2004
► pp. 57–68
Applied linguistics in Europe
In this contribution developments in Applied Linguistics in Europe are linked to major social changes that have taken place over the last decades. These include: The decline of the USSR and the end of the cold war; The development of the EEC and the EU and fading of borders; The economic growth of Western Europe; Labor migration from the south to the north of Europe; The emergence of regionalism. All of these developments have shaped the role of languages in society and they have sparked research on linguistic aspects related to the languages in contact due to these developments.
Keywords: Applied linguistics in Europe, social change
Published online: 04 February 2005