Applied linguistics can be defined as the umbrella term for fields that study language in relation to real-world issues, especially with a focus on solving language-related problems. However, the fields that are considered part of this category change regularly and are open to debate to the extent that several articles have been written about these changing definitions and the relationship of the field to practice versus theory.

As one example of fields pertaining to this label at a given time, in 2015, the Oxford journal, Applied Linguistics, published a list including the following areas: bilingualism and multilingualism; computer-mediated communication; conversation analysis; corpus linguistics; critical discourse analysis; deaf linguistics; discourse analysis and pragmatics; first and additional language learning, teaching, and use; forensic linguistics; language assessment; language planning ...

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