Book Prize


BAAL awards a Book Prize at its annual conference in August/September.

Winner for 2020

We are pleased to announce the winner of the 2020 award is  Palgrave Handbook of Minority Languages and Communities. Edited by Gabrielle Hogan-Brun and Bernadette O’Rourke, Palgrave.

From minority language labour market and economics to education policy to language rights and social media; this handbook advances our knowledge and understanding of many difficult spheres of study and helps us appreciate the inter-connected nature of these subjects to create a holistic understanding of minority language communities at large.’

Warmest congratulations to the editors and contributors for this outstanding contribution to scholarship in Applied Linguistics.

Short list for 2020

  • Fairness, Justice and Language Assessment. Tim McNamara, Ute Knoch, and Jason Fan, Oxford University Press.
  • Rethinking TESOL in diverse global settings. Tim Marr and Fiona English, Bloomsbury.
  • Palgrave Handbook of Minority Languages and Communities. Edited by Gabrielle Hogan-Brun and Bernadette O’Rourke, Palgrave.
  • Visualising Multilingual Lives. Edited by Paula Kalaja and Sílvia Melo-Pfeifer, Multilingual Matters.

For past winners, see foot of this page.

Entry requirements

BAAL offers an annual prize for an outstanding book in the field of Applied Linguistics. Books (monographs, text books, edited volumes, reference books etc.) in any field of applied linguistics are eligible for the prize. Eligibility is not restricted to books published in the United Kingdom.

Entries must be published primarily in English and must bear a copyright notice for the calendar year prior to the year of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) where the prize is to be awarded (e.g. 2020 copyright for the AGM in 2021). Books to be published in December of that year may be submitted later than this date by prior arrangement with the BAAL Publications Secretary. Second editions are not eligible.

Nominations for the BAAL Book Prize are made by the publishers of the book and must be accompanied by e-book of the nominated volume and an administration fee of £40 for each title submitted. Two copies of print copy will be requested if the nominated volume is shortlisted.

For general queries, please contact

Submitting books for the prize

The closing date for nominations is 13 December of the year before the AGM.

A shortlist is generally drawn up before the end of June each year and the prize is awarded at the AGM in August / September. Details of the forthcoming annual conference and its venue are posted on this website.

Submission of nominations should be sent to and the BAAL Publications Secretary by email (see the Committee page for details). Please state the book title(s), instructions on how to access e-book and invoicing/payment (£40 per title) details. Please note 2 print copies may be requested if the nominated book is shortlisted.

Judging of titles

(1) All entries to the BAAL Book Prize will be considered by a panel of expert reviewers whose teaching and research interests coincide with the titles under consideration. The panel will recommend titles for the shortlist. BAAL conflict of interest procedures will be strictly adhered to in all stages of the competition.

(2) The short-listed titles will be considered by a second panel of judges who are themselves experienced researchers and authors and well known in the field.

(3) Eligibility is not restricted to UK publishers/authors. We welcome nominations from publishers outside the UK who might wish to draw their books to the attention of a British academic audience.

(4) The process of selection and judging is designed to bring nominated titles to the attention of staff and students in a wide range of institutions. Even where nominations are not short-listed, publishers can be sure that their new titles will get valuable publicity.

(5) The definition of ‘applied linguistics’ is to be interpreted in a wide sense. Please refer to What is applied linguistics on the BAAL website. If you are in doubt about the eligibility of a title, please contact the Publications Secretary.

(6) Judges are requested when making their decisions to take account of a range of criteria, including the production quality of the book, and the style of presentation and language. In past years, judges have shown less interest in introductory text books and edited collections, although there is no reason why such volumes should not be successful where they clearly make an innovative and important contribution to the field.

(7) Details of the short-listed titles are posted on the BAAL website before the AGM, along with selected extracts from the comments submitted by the reviewers.

(8) The publishers of the winning title may use the phrase ‘BAAL Book Prize + RELEVANT DATE’ or ‘Winner of the BAAL Book Prize + DATE’ in the publicity for the book. Publishers of short-listed titles may use the phrase ‘Short-listed for the BAAL Book Prize + DATE’ in their publicity.

(9) BAAL may donate some of the submitted books to a book charity when the judging process has been completed

Reviewing books

Please contact the Publications Secretary if you wish to review books for the prize.

Past winners

2019 – James W. Tollefson & Miguel Pérez-Milans (Eds.) (2018) Oxford Handbook of Language Policy and Planning. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2018 – Alastair Pennycook (2017). Posthumanist Applied Linguistics Routledge.

2017 – Ingrid Piller (2016). Linguistic Diversity and Social Justice: An Introduction to Applied Sociolinguistics. Oxford University Press.

2016 – Mario Saraceni (2015). World Englishes: A Critical Analysis (2015). Bloomsbury Academic.

2015 – Ofelia Garcia & Li Wei (2014). Translanguaging: Language, Bilingualism and Education. Palgrave Macmillan.

2014 – Suresh Canagarajah (2013). Translingual practice: Global Englishes and Cosmopolitan Relations. Routledge.

2013 (joint winner) – Alastair Pennycook (2012). Language and Mobility: Unexpected Places, Multilingual Matters.

2013 (joint winner) – Andrea Tyler (2012). Cognitive linguistics and language learning: theoretical basics and experimental evidence. Routledge.

2012 – Graham Hall (2011). Exploring English Language Teaching: Language in Action. Routledge.

2011- Nikolas Coupland (Ed.) (2010). The Handbook of Language and Globalisation. Wiley-Blackwell.

2010 – Niko Besnier (2009). Gossip and the Everyday Production of Politics. University of Hawaii Press.

2009 – Li Wei & Melissa G. Moyer (2008). The Blackwell Guide to Research Methods in Bilingualism and Multilingualism. Blackwel.

2008 – Alastair Pennycook (2007). Global Englishes and Transcultural Flows. Routledge.

2007 – Ben Rampton (2006). Language in Late Modernity. Cambridge University Press.

2006 – Aneta Pavlenko (2005). Emotions and Multilingualism. Cambridge University Press.

2005 – Viv Edwards (2004). Multilingualism in the English-speaking World. Blackwell.

2004 – Ron Scollon & Suzie Wong Scollon (2003). Discourses in Place: Language in the Material World. Routledge.

2003 – Alison Wray (2002). Formulaic Language and the Lexicon. Cambridge University Press.

2002 – Manfred Görlach (2001). A Dictionary of European Anglicisms. Oxford University Press.

2001 – Daniel Nettle and Suzanne Romaine (2000). Vanishing Voices: The Extinction of the World’s Languages. Oxford University Press.

2000 – Rachel Sutton-Spence & Bencie Woll (1999). The Linguistics of British Sign Language: An Introduction. Cambridge University Press.

1996 – Deborah Cameron (1995). Verbal Hygiene.

1994 – K. Richardson, (ed) (1993). Text, Discourse and Context: Representation of Poverty in Britain. Longman.

1987 – Michael Byram (1986). Minority Education and Ethnic Survival.

1986 – Rod Ellis (1985). Understanding Second Language Acquisition.

British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL)

BAAL is a professional association, based in the UK, which provides a forum for people interested in language and applied linguistics. We have an international professional membership of around 1000 members. 

To read more about what applied linguistics is and does, click here.