In 2016, AAAL is bestowing its inaugural book award to honor a high quality text that makes an exceptional contribution to applied linguistics as a whole or to a specific area of specialization. We are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2016 AAAL Book Award is Suresh Canagarajah, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Applied Linguistics, English, and Asian Studies at The Pennsylvania State University, for his monograph Translingual Practice: Global Englishes and Cosmopolitan Relations (Routledge, 2013).
The book award committee weighed both the scholarly contributions of authors or editors and the production quality provided by publishers in considering nominated texts holistically. In recognizing Translingual Practice, the committee finds that “Canagarajah provides a highly original contribution that questions some of the traditional approaches in the study of multilingualism. He advances the concept of translingual practice with theoretical depth and practical insight. The reader is shown the expressive and creative potential of multilinguals while also being prompted to consider how academic gatekeepers should account for linguistic power relations in teaching and in professional service work like peer review and editorial leadership. In all, the book offers a thought provoking examination of language and literacy as it takes shape through individual lived experiences with globalization.”
Two additional authors were recognized as finalists: Victoria A. Murphy for her book Second Language Learning in the Early School Years: Trends and Contexts (Oxford, 2014) and Roger W. Shuy for his book The Language of Murder Cases: Intentionality, Predisposition, and Voluntariness (Oxford, 2014).
The presentation of the AAAL Book Award was made at the 2016 annual conference.