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AAAL 2018 Book Award Winners Announced

Tuesday, January 30, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jessica Atkinson
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The American Association for Applied Linguistics Book Award recognizes outstanding work in the field of applied linguistics.  In bestowing this award, the association honors high quality 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.

2018 AAAL Book Award (Edited Book)

Winner:  Language Policy and Political Economy

Authored by: Thomas Ricento, University of Calgary
Published by: Oxford University Press


Language Policy and Political Economy is a high-quality and high-powered collection.  Ricento has curated a volume that provides an interdisciplinary perspective on English in the contemporary world.  With their focus on capitalism, development, globalization, and neoliberalism, the contributions are decidedly relevant for understanding today’s language politics.  In all, the book provides the field of language policy and planning with a robust introduction to the foundations of political economy.”
-AAAL Book Award Committee

2018 AAAL Book Award (Monograph)

Winner: The Invention of Monolingualism
Authored By: David Gramling, Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of German Studies, University of Arizona, USA
Published by: Bloomsbury Academic


The Invention of Monolingualism is an engaging, well written, and carefully researched book.  Gramling combines work in applied linguistics, literary studies, musical theory, and citizenship studies in a way that is genuinely and deeply transdisciplinary. Its arguments are groundbreaking, offering a provocative and timely commentary on the lack of theoretical engagement with monolingualism as a social and political force. The book has considerable significance not only for applied linguistics but other fields that are affected by the ongoing normative influence of monolingualism.”
-AAAL Book Award Committee

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