Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, Vol 36, No 1 (2013)

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A. PENNYCOOK, LANGUAGE AND MOBILITY: UNEXPECTED PLACES

Ruth Fielding

Abstract


Alastair Pennycook’s thought-provoking book builds on previous research and explores language, culture and identity in eight chapters. Pennycook uses unexpected texts and contexts to illustrate a discussion of language and mobility, including what it is to have expectations of appropriate locations for particular languages, and how languages might be used in different places. This book, therefore, raises a number of questions about the fundamental concepts in language and linguistics such as the notion of the native speaker, the use of the term bilingual, and the notion of language hybridity. It also questions the division of languages along national lines.

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