Applied linguistics - a science of culture?

  • Gertraud Benke


In this article, the status of applied linguistics as discipline is questioned and problems of establishing it - and other newly formed scientific enterprises like cultural science - as disciplines are discussed. This discussion is contextualized using the author's own experience as applied linguist working in (the institutional structure of) Austria. Secondly, applied linguistics is presented as complementing cultural science, with both exploring at times the same phenomena albeit under different perspectives and focussing on different levels of experience. Two examples of research involving such a joint interest with different foci are discussed.
Benke, G. (2003). Applied linguistics - a science of culture?. Linguistik Online, 14(2).
A Theoretical considerations