Applied linguistics is quite recent compared to other areas of language studies, but interestingly it is getting very indulgent in handling everyday life problems due to its perception as dealing with a more practical use of language. Language is a basic aspect of human existence, communication happens all the time in different ways even if not with the voice. This means that engaging in language study is as good as studying humanity in general. However, language researchers have been careful not to “bite more than they can chew” in handling language application matters, but Applied Linguistics seems to daringly desire participating in the limitless functional dimensions of language. One consequence of this attempt is the “jack of all trade” tag, which discredits reputations and even authenticity of results. One is pushed to ask if Applied Linguistics can contain the world of attention it is drawing to itself.
Kadirisma examined three long lists of language problems expected to be handled in AL, and noted that AL is “so ambitious that it tries to claim that every language-related problem is within the confines of its subject matter”. Long established fields are now claimed to be under applied linguistics even though they have operated separately before its inception. It is good to examine an assemblage of related fields, but to claim responsibility for their operation is quite risky.
Applied Linguistics to a large extent creates a muddle in the field of linguistics, unless its scope is purposely delimited; this is not in any way suggesting abandoning its transdisciplinary characteristics but emphasizing the need to straighten out the maze. Let the different disciplines spread out so that Medical Linguistics, Ethnological Linguistics, Forensic Linguistics etc. should operate as distinct fields with well defined procedures that recognize the unique operations of their sister fields. That way, practitioners in such combined disciplines can focus and their relevance in identified fields will be rec