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
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).
* WINNER OF THE BAAL BOOK PRIZE 2018 *
"The book is an invaluable contribution to the field of applied linguistics research and it will undoubtedly have a significant impact on applied linguistics practitioners and researchers." -- Aisha Ravindran, Simon Fraser University