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Description - The Cultural Politics of English as an International Language by Alastair Pennycook

A much-cited and highly influential text by Alastair Pennycook, one of the world authorities in sociolinguistics, The Cultural Politics of English as an International Language explores the globalization of English by examining its colonial origins, its connections to linguistics and applied linguistics, and its relationships to the global spread of teaching practices. Nine chapters cover a wide range of key topics including:

  • international politics
  • colonial history
  • critical pedagogy
  • postcolonial literature.

The book provides a critical understanding of the concept of the 'worldliness of English', or the idea that English can never be removed from the social, cultural, economic or political contexts in which it is used.

Reissued with a substantial preface, this Routledge Linguistics Classic remains a landmark text, which led a much-needed critical and ideologically-informed investigation into the burgeoning topic of World Englishes. Key reading for all those working in the areas of Applied Linguistics, Sociolinguistics and World Englishes.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415788137
ISBN-10: 0415788137
Format: Paperback / softback
(216mm x 138mm x mm)
Pages: 366
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 13-Mar-2017
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Alastair Pennycook

Alastair Pennycook is Professor of Language in Education at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. He is the author of many titles, including BAAL book prize winner 2008: Global Englishes and Transcultural Flows (Routledge, 2007), Language as a Local Practice (Routledge, 2010), and Metrolingualism: Language in the City (co-authored with Emi Otsuji, Routledge, 2015).

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