The winner of the 2016 BAAL Book Prize is:
World Englishes: A Critical Analysis by Mario Saraceni (Bloomsbury)
The judges said:
This book provides an accessible yet comprehensive critical perspective on the English language(s), power, and inequality. The progression of the arguments is clear and cohesive, effectively guiding the reader to arriving at a critical questioning of basic assumptions about the English language and its use around the world – and thereby providing thought-provoking pathways for advancing and re-revolutionising the WE paradigm. Through this original and challenging volume, the author adeptly achieves his aim of bringing subversion back to the heart of WE research.
The winner was announced at the 2016 BAAL meeting at Anglia Ruskin University on Thursday 1st September. A total of 14 books were received from 10 publishers. Each book was anonymously reviewed by two reviewers. The other short-listed books were as follows:
Metrolingualism: Language in the City by Alastair Pennycook and Emi Otsuji (Routledge)
Social Interaction and L2 Classroom Discourse by Olcay Sert (Edinburgh University Press)
Linguistic Ethnography: Interdisciplinary Explorations, edited by Julia Snell, Sara Shaw and Fiona Copland (Palgrave Macmillan)