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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (24 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415547512
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415547512
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 904,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Language as a Local Practice is one of the most refreshing linguistics books to appear in a decade. Weaving together different strands of current research, Alastair Pennycook provides new framings and directions for the study of language." - David Barton, University of Lancaster , UK

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By commodityfetish on 1 Dec. 2010
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This book was Alastair Pennycook's chance to write in depth about his understanding of language, locality, relocalisation, culture, performativity and much more. Often such depth is missing from the work of scholars in Sociolinguistics, Cultural Studies, and Applied Linguistics, because it doesn't sell well and often gets labelled 'off-point' in research publications and 'too deep' in introductory texts. What Pennycook has done is to bring together paradigms of thought from linguistics, philosophy and cultural studies and make an appealing and compelling account of language today - which forms the foundation for all theories and perspectives on language, but which is rarely foregrounded in print.

Pennycook has undoubtedly irritated some scholars slightly, as this is from his perspective and he is critical of some fields of research and some concepts that govern research and practice, particularly regarding English 'spread', global use and change. He is generally constructive in his observations, but at times could forget that others agree with his view, but haven't had the platform to express it in such depth (a platform Pennycook has been given as a long respected thinker on language). It might seem to him that views are his own, and are therefore unshared, but much of what he says would find a great deal more consensus in the field than perhaps he realises. So although there is debate around the extent that ideas are 'his' or relate only to 'language as a local practice', it is an important debate to have and he brings it up well (and some of his criticisms are very timely and need to be answered). Agree or disagree, there is no doubt that reading this book will make you much wiser about language and more aware of current research perspectives and theories on language performance.
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