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Posthumanist Applied Linguistics

By Alastair Pennycook

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Drawing on a range of contexts and data sources, from urban multilingualism to studies of animal communication, Posthumanist Applied Linguistics offers us alternative ways of thinking about the human predicament, with major implications for research, education and politics.

Exploring the advent of the Anthropocene, new forms of materialism, distributed language, assemblages, and the boundaries between humans, other animals and objects, eight incisive chapters by one of the world's foremost applied linguistics open up profound questions to do with language and the world. This critical posthumanist applied linguistic perspective is essential reading for all researchers and students in the fields of Applied Linguistics and Sociolinguistics.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: Posthumanism and applied linguistics

Chapter 2 Posthumanism: Cyborgs and the Anthropocene

Chapter 3 Distributed language and cognition

Chapter 4 Language and the senses

Chapter 5 Discourse and reality

Chapter 6 Mutual misunderstanding

Chapter 7 What’s the point? Sharks, dogs and humans

Chapter 8 Posthumanist linguistics: new horizons

About the Author

Alastair Pennycook is Professor of Language in Education, in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. He is the author of The Cultural Politics of English as an International Language (Routledge, 2017).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Sociolinguistics