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Title: Language and Mobility
Subtitle: Unexpected Places
Written By: Alastair Pennycook
Series Title: Critical Language and Literacy Studies

This book looks at language in unexpected places. Drawing on a diversity of
materials and contexts, including farewell addresses to British workers in
colonial India, letters written from parents to their children at home, a Cornish
anthem sung in South Australia, a country fair in rural Australia, and a cricket
match played in the middle of the 19th century in south India, this book explores
many current concerns around language, mobility and place, including native
speakers, generic forms, and language maintenance. Using a series of narrative
accounts – from a journey to southern India to eating cheese in China, from
playing soccer in Germany to observing a student teacher in Sydney – this book
asks how it is that language, people and cultures turn up unexpectedly and how
our lines of expectation are formed.

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Multilingual Matters
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9781847697646
Pages: 208
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781847697639
Pages: 208
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