Book Prize


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

Winner for 2021

We are pleased to announce that the winner of the 2021 award is The Dynamics of Dementia Communication by Alison Wray, Oxford University Press.

“This is an impressive volume which constructs a very wide-ranging umbrella framework for understanding dementia communication, an area of increasing importance in our society. The book presents some very big and bold questions about how best to communicate with people living with dementia from the very start, and as the work proceeds, these questions are answered in a detailed and meticulous way.”

The runner-up of the 2021 award is Academic Irregularities: Language and Neoliberalism in Higher Education by Liz Morrish & Helen Sauntson, Routledge.

“This volume presents studies into the highly relevant and timely topic of current higher education discourse in the UK and other anglophone countries. The results are eye-opening especially with regard to how academia has changed over the years, including the roles of academics. This book is important beyond applied linguistics; in fact, it is of relevance for the entire HE sector, especially in the UK. Apart from its clear academic merit, it is also of potential political value, offering arguments against the marketisation of universities, the audit culture of HE management and viewing students merely as ‘customers’.”

Warmest congratulations to the authors for their outstanding contributions to scholarship in Applied Linguistics.

Short list for 2021

For past winners, see the foot of this page.

Entry requirements

BAAL offers an annual prize for an outstanding book in the field of Applied Linguistics. Books (monographs, textbooks, 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 (Dr. Alex Ho-Cheong Leung, please 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. 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, we publicise nominated titles through our newsletter, website announcements and on social media. Publishers are encouraged to coordinate their nominations as we ask publishers to limit the number of entries to 5 each year.

(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 (Dr. Alex Ho-Cheong Leung).

(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.

(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.

Reviewing books

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

Past winners

2020 – Gabrielle Hogan-Brun & Bernadette O’Rourke (2020) Palgrave Handbook of Minority Languages and Communities. Palgrave Macmillan.

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 evidenceRoutledge.

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

2011- Nikolas Coupland (Ed.) (2010). The Handbook of Language and GlobalisationWiley-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. Routledge.

1995 – Alastair Pennycook (1994). The cultural politics of teaching English as an international language. Longman.

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

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

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

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