Book Award

The American Association for Applied Linguistics Book Award recognizes outstanding work in the field of applied linguistics.  In bestowing this award, the association honors books that make an exceptional contribution to the field as a whole or to a specific area of specialization.  The Book Award is given biennially, alternating every other year with the First Book Award. AAAL membership is not required of authors or editors for publishers to submit a nomination for consideration. AAAL will accept e-books only for book award submissions.

The 2024 award nomination is closed.

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"Locating Translingualism"

Author: Jerry Won Lee
Publisher: Cambridge University Press and Assessment



 "The Grammar of Hate"

Edited by: Natalia Knoblock
Publisher: Cambridge University Press and Assessment




"Linguistic Penalties and the Job Interview"

Author: Celia Roberts
Publisher: Equinox Publishing Ltd


"Multilingual Perspectives on Translanguaging"

Edited by: Jeff MacSwan
Publisher: Multilingual Matters





"The Power of Narrative: Climate Skepticism and the Deconstruction of Science"

Authors: Raul Lejano, New York University & Shondel Nero, New York University
Publisher: Oxford University Press


 "The Dynamics of Dementia Communication" 

Author: Alison Wray
Publisher: Oxford University Press

The Routledge Handbook of Migration and Language: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

  "The Routledge Handbook of Migration and Language"

  Edited By: Suresh Canagarajah, Pennsylvania State University
  Publisher: Routledge/Taylor and Francis

Finalists:Second Language Pragmatics: From Theory to Research, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

"Second Language Pragmatics"

Authors: Jonathan Culpeper, Lancaster University; Alison Mackey, Georgetown University; and Naoko Taguchi, Northern Arizona University

Publisher: Routledge

Educating Refugee-background Students: Critical Issues and Dynamic Contexts

Authors: Shawna Shapiro, Middlebury College; Raichle Farrelly, Saint Michael’s College; and Mary Jane Curry, University of Rochester

Publisher: Multilingual Matters

Scripts of Servitude: Language, Labor Migration and Transnational Domestic Work

Author: Beatriz P. Lorente, University of Bern

Publisher: Multilingual Matters


Edited Book: 

"Language Policy and Political Economy"
Edited by: Thomas Ricento
Publisher: Oxford University Press

No Finalists


"The Invention of Monolingualism"
Author: David Gramling
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

"Emotion and Discourse in L2 Narrative Research"
Author: Matthew T. Prior
Publisher: Multilingual Matters

Author: Alastair Pennycook, Emi Otsuji
Publisher: Routledge

"Usage-Based Approaches to Language Acquisition Processing"
Author: Nick C. Ellis, Ute Römer, Matthew Brook O'Donnell, Mary J. Schleppegrell
Publisher: Wiley


"Translingual Practice: Global Englishes and Cosmopolitan Relations"
Author: Suresh Canagarajah, Professor at The Pennsylvania State University
Publisher: Routledge
"The Language of Murder Cases: Intentionality, Predisposition, and Voluntariness"
Author: Roger W. Shuy
Publisher: Oxford University Press
"Second Language Learning in the Early School Years: Trends and Contexts"
Author: Victoria A. Murphy
Publisher: Oxford University Press