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Language and Mobility


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Acknowledgements Chapter 1 Retracing Routes: Manjari Seeds and Nutmeg Trees Chapter 2 Turning up in Unexpected Places Chapter 3 Through Others' Eyes and Thinking Otherwise Chapter 4 Constrained Mobilities: Epistolary Parenting Chapter 5 Resourceful Speakers Chapter 6 Elephant Tracks Chapter 7 13 Ways of Looking at a Blackboard Chapter 8 Beyond the Boundaries of Expectation

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Alastair Pennycook is Professor of Language Studies at the University of Technology, Sydney. He is widely known for his work on the politics of language, language and globalization, language and popular culture and language education. His current research is exploring urban multilingualism (metrolingualism). His recent book Language as a Local Practice was shortlisted for the BAAL book award, which he has won on two previous occasions for The Cultural Politics of English as an International Language and Global Englishes and Transcultural Flows.


This book offers Pennycook's always innovative theoretical insights in a brilliant, original blend of fine scholarship and personal narrative. It evocatively describes the author's retracing of his family's history in colonial India, draws on concepts from many disciplines, and makes unexpected and illuminating connections with language education. Stephanie Vandrick, University of San Francisco, USAIn Language and Mobility Alastair Pennycook takes us, the readers, to new territories and domains of language - questioning, doubting and reflecting in new ways about what we do. In this fascinating and passionate journey we cross geographical and conceptual boundaries, places, spaces and time, mobilizing between India and Britain deeply embedded in family mobile and local histories. Along the journey, we deliberate with new meanings of nativity, hybridity, movement, mobility, localness, and meaning as these are anchored in rich pasts, in present functionality and unexpected futures. It is a passionate trip that touches the centrality of language in its broad context based on original documents, narratives and personal experiences, integrated together to argue for resistance and change. A powerful book that will not leave any readers un-changed. Elana Shohamy, Tel Aviv University, Israel

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