The question of ethnicity in applied linguistics is such a sprawling topic and so potentially limitless in its scope that a degree of preliminary circumscription is essential. The present text is limited by:
the angle of vision of a UK-based academic located in London; a concentration on the importance of the Anglo world in the ﬁeld of applied linguistics and
the hegemonic importance of the English language in the ﬁeld, even in contexts concerning the workings of other languages;
its focus on an interpretive rather than a comprehensive account.