This Handbook centers on language(s) in the Global South/s and the many ways in which both "language" and the "Global South" are conceptualized, theorized, practiced, and reshaped.

Drawing on 31 chapters situated in diverse geographical contexts, and four additional interviews with leading scholars, this text showcases:

  • Issues of decolonization
  • Promotion of Southern epistemologies and theories of the Global South/s
  • A focus on social/applied linguistics
  • An added focus on the academy
  • A nuanced understanding of global language scholarship.

It is written for emerging and established scholars across the globe as it positions Southern epistemologies, language scholarship, and decolonial theories into scholarship surrounding multiple themes and global perspectives.

chapter |16 pages


BySinfree Makoni, Anna Kaiper-Marquez, Lorato Mokwena

part Theme #1|76 pages

History, Politics, and Social Engagement in the Global South

chapter 1|11 pages

Languaging Hope

The Transgressive Temporality of Marielle Franco in Brazil
BySamiha Khalil, Daniel N. Silva, Jerry Won Lee

chapter 2|15 pages

Epistemology of Knowledge in Medieval Islamic Scientific Discourse

Biruni's Treatment of Subjectivity, Relativity, and Uncertainty
ByEsmat Babaii

chapter 3|12 pages

From Order-of-Language to Provincializing Language

ByCécile Canut

chapter 4|14 pages

Civic Participation as a Travelling Ideoscape

Which Direction?
ByGiovanni Allegretti, Marco Meloni, Begoña Dorronsoro

chapter Interlude #1|22 pages

Conversation with Jean Comaroff and Jane Anna Gordon

BySinfree Makoni, Anna Kaiper-Marquez, Lorato Mokwena

part Theme #2|42 pages

Indigenous Languages

chapter 5|15 pages

Co-conspiring with Land

What Decolonizing with Indigenous Land and Language Have to Teach Us 1
ByMel M. Engman, Mary Rose Hermes, Anna Schick

chapter 6|11 pages

“We Tell the River, ‘Give Me Back My Piece of Soul and I Give You Back Your Pebble'”

The Onto-Epistemology and Language of the Ayuk Ethnic Group in Oaxaca, Mexico
ByMario E. López-Gopar, William M. Sughrua, Cosme Gregorio Cirilo, Lorena Córdova Hernández

chapter 7|14 pages

Discourses of Endangerment and Appropriations of the “Indigenous”

What Indigeneity Means in Non-Indigenous Spaces
ByQuentin Boitel

part Theme #3|52 pages

South–South Dialogue

chapter 8|10 pages

‘The Language I Speak Is the Language I Speak'

Re-centering Multilingual Language Practices in Situations of Risk Through a Sociolinguistics of the South
ByNecia Stanford Billinghurst

chapter 9|11 pages

English and the Dissemination of Local Knowledges

A Problematic for South–South Dialogue
ByHamza R’boul

chapter 10|11 pages

Multilingualism in a Decolonial Way

A Gaze from the Ryukyus
ByMadoka Hammine

chapter 11|11 pages

Tensions within Development Ontologies in Botswana

A Case of the San
ByKeneilwe Molosi-France

chapter Interlude #2|7 pages

Conversation with Diana Jeater

BySinfree Makoni, Anna Kaiper-Marquez, Lorato Mokwena

part Theme #4|34 pages

Race and Language: Critical Race Theories and Southern Theories

chapter 12|13 pages

Race and Slavery Entextualizations in Contemporary Ads in the Brazilian Context 1

ByGlenda Cristina Valim de Melo

chapter 13|11 pages

Language Practices in Afro-Brazilian Religions

On Legitimacy, Oral Tradition, and Racial Issues
ByCristine G. Severo, Ana Cláudia F. Eltermann, Sinfree Makoni

chapter 14|8 pages

For a Critical Applied Linguistics Articulated to the Praxiology of Hope

ByKleber Aparecido da Silva, Helenice Joviano Roque de Faria, Rosana Helena Nunes, Lauro Sérgio Machado Pereira, Renata Mourão Guimarães, Dllubia Santclair

part Theme #5|62 pages

Language, Gender, Sex, and Sexuality

chapter 15|10 pages

Affective Practice in Language and Sexuality Research Methodologies at North/South Intersections

Narrative, Dissonance, and Reflexivity
ByBenedict J.L. Rowlett

chapter 16|17 pages

Perfect Muslim Bhadramahila / Lady in Bangladesh

Decoloniality in/as Praxis
ByShaila Sultana

chapter 17|11 pages

Bodies, Languages, and Material Conditions Governing the Interaction

ByJoana Plaza Pinto

chapter 18|11 pages

Colonial Intertexts and Black Femininities

Locating Black African Women in a Racialized Iconography of Knowledge
ByBusi Makoni

chapter Interlude #3|11 pages

Conversation with Busi Makoni

BySinfree Makoni, Anna Kaiper-Marquez, Lorato Mokwena

part Theme #6|38 pages

Language, the Global South, and the “Family”

chapter 19|12 pages

Southern Approaches to Family Multilingualism

ByRafael Lomeu Gomes, Elizabeth Lanza

chapter 20|12 pages

Language Maintenance and the Transmission of Ideologies among Chinese-Malaysian Families

ByTeresa W. S. Ong, Selim Ben-Said

chapter 21|12 pages

Expanding “Good” Mother Discourse

Examining Motherhood within the Context of Opioid Use Disorder
ByTabitha Stickel, Kristal Jones, Brandn Green

part Theme #7|46 pages

Language in the Classroom Context

chapter 22|12 pages

Defying the Abyssal Line

Towards el Buenvivir in English Language Teaching in Colombia
ByYecid Ortega

chapter 23|11 pages

Representation of Afro-descendants in a Primary School Lesson Plan in Buenos Aires

ByAntonela Soledad Vaccaro

chapter 24|13 pages

Southern Visions of Language Policy

Re-visioning Mother Tongue-Based Bilingual Education in Ghana
ByMama Adobea Adjetey-Nii Owoo

chapter Interlude #4|8 pages

Conversation with Ofelia García

BySinfree Makoni, Anna Kaiper-Marquez, Lorato Mokwena

part Theme #8|107 pages

Towards Multiple Language Ontologies and Southern Multilingualisms

part Sub Theme #1|44 pages

Philosophical/ theoretical developments

chapter 25|13 pages

On Naming Traditions

Losing Sight of Communicative and Democratic Agendas When Language Is Loose Inside and Outside Institutional-scapes
BySangeeta Bagga-Gupta

chapter 26|13 pages

Palimpsest of Tangled Dramas

Language and Education Beyond Institutional Formations
ByDesmond Ikenna Odugu

chapter 27|16 pages

Anangu Literacy Practices Unsettle Northern Models of Literacy

ByJanet Armitage

part Sub Theme #2|34 pages

Land and Nature

chapter 28|15 pages

Beyond the ‘Linguistic' and ‘Signboard'

Expanding the Repertoire of Linguistic Landscape Signage to Include Sparsely Populated Areas in South Africa
ByLorato Mokwena

chapter 29|17 pages

Abstract Critical Thinking, Language and School Vegetable Gardens

Improving the Cacaio Garden of Education and Praxis
ByAtila Torres Calvente

part Sub Theme #3|16 pages


chapter 30|14 pages

(Written) Online Multilingualism in Technology Mediated Communication

Appropriating and Remixing Digital Literacies and Technolinguistic Repertoires
BySibusiso Clifford Ndlangamandla

part Sub Theme #4|11 pages

Migration and Power

chapter 31|9 pages

Dismantling Power Relations in Refugee Service

Funds of Knowledge as Resistive Power
ByCassie Leymarie, Mary Bohn

chapter |5 pages


Reflecting and Refracting the South
ByAna Deumert