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Why has it become necessary to develop applied linguistics?

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There are plenty of reasons that led to the development of applied linguistics as a science. There are also reasons today that grant that the expansion of this field continues as extensively as possible.

The study of applied linguistics is a product of the growing interest in international languages that surfaced during the 1950s. This boom in interest came as a result of the launching of the Sputnik, which cemented the solidity of Russia as a world power that. At that point, Russia had not only rivaled, but now seemed to have surpassed, the United States. The essential question that was asked then was: are we equipped to make international citizens out of Americans or are...

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