.[The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics [10 Volume Set
|The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics|
The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics is a reference work encompassing the range of
research on language-related problems that arise in the real-world contexts where languages
are learned and used.
Because of the wide range of issues that applied linguists work on,
a precise defi nition of the fi eld is diffi cult to articulate. In his 2007 Introduction to Applied
Linguistics, Davies points out that one might be tempted to conclude that “because language
is everywhere, applied linguistics is the science of everything,” but such a conclusion would
be neither correct nor useful (Davies, 2007, p. 2).