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Innovations and Challenges in Applied Linguistics from the Global South


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Series Editor Introduction



1. Introduction: Gazing from the South

2. The making of the South in applied linguistics

3. Southern multilingualisms

4. Language endangerment, vitality and reclamation

5. Decolonizing Language in Education

6. Challenging the Northern Research Gaze

7. Applied Linguistics from a Southern Perspective



About the Author

Alastair Pennycook is Distinguished Professor of Language, Society and Education at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia and Adjunct Professor at MultiLing, Oslo, Norway. Sinfree Makoni is Professor in the Department of Applied Linguistics and African Studies at Penn State University, USA and Extraordinary Professor at the University of the North West, South Africa.


"Makoni and Pennycook have done it again! Taking a lens from the epistemologies of the South, the authors disinvent and reconstitute Applied Linguistics. This book makes visible what Makoni and Pennycook call the "darker side of Applied Linguistics," that is, the colonial matrix of power that has delinked language from local social practices. The authors invite us to "think otherwise" with decolonial scholars so as to construct new knowledge and practices." Ofelia Garcia, City University of New York, USA "I find this newest work by Alastair Pennycook and Sinfree Makoni to be one of the most innovative and very timely additions to the network of publications in applied linguistics. Its focus on inventing an applied linguistics from the Global South is an admirable goal, which is likely to lead to revolutionary breakthroughs, not just in applied linguistics, but also in language and communication studies as a whole. A must-read for scholars and students of applied linguistics wherever based." Shi-xu, Hangzhou Normal University, China "This book asks us to think otherwise: to decolonize knowledge making, to reinvigorate applied linguistics by challenging the Northern research gaze and embracing epistemologies of the South. It examines the colonial past and the neoliberal present to illuminate how deeply embedded ideologies and colonial cultural imaginaries have shaped the inequalities in global knowledge production. By calling for a Southern applied linguistics, Pennycook and Makoni challenge us to expand our epistemological repertoires, to transform hegemonic understandings of languages and language pedagogies, and to diversify the ways that knowledge flows across the globe." Angel M. Y. Lin, Simon Fraser University, Canada

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