Language Problems and Language Planning

ORCID logoFrançois Grin | Université de Genève
ORCID logoMichele Gazzola | Ulster University
Book Review Editor
Lisa J. McEntee-Atalianis | Birkbeck, University of London
Interlinguistics Editor
ORCID logoFederico Gobbo | Universiteit van Amsterdam
Editor Emeritus
Humphrey Tonkin | University of Hartford

Language Problems and Language Planning (LPLP) is a peer-reviewed international and multilingual journal which focuses on language issues and the challenges they raise for contemporary societies at various levels and for various actors, with a particular emphasis on how these issues are addressed and processed through language policies.
LPLP cultivates a strongly interdisciplinary spirit. Scholars from the full range of the social sciences and humanities are invited to submit work that contextualizes and analyzes the ways in which language functions in modern societies, particularly as an object of regulation, management, and contestation. LPLP therefore welcomes work from a wide array of disciplines, such as (but not limited to) political science, policy analysis, public administration, economics, normative political theory, psychology, geography, history and law.
A clear language policy angle, however, remains indispensable. Various specialties in applied linguistics, in particular sociolinguistics or other approaches to “language in society,” are prominently represented in submissions to the journal. This can extend to literary studies and general linguistics. On the other hand, LPLP does not normally carry, for example, pieces devoted strictly to pedagogy and language learning. While case studies of particular national or regional issues are welcome, preference is given to work offering generalisable insights of relevance across diverse contexts.
LPLP is particularly interested in papers combining a strong theoretical approach with high standards of empirical treatment. Knowledge claims are expected to display high standards of scientific rigour, including close attention to the definition of concepts and assumptions, methodological transparency, and the reliability and verifiability of data. Given the journal’s interdisciplinary scope, all authors are requested to explain their work in a way that is accessible to curious, open-minded scholars from any discipline in the social sciences and humanities.
LPLP maintains a longstanding interest in interlinguistics, encompassing all planned languages and questions arising from their development and use. A specific section of the journal is devoted to historical and contemporary aspects of interlinguistics, including but not limited to Esperanto. The same criteria of rigour and interdisciplinarity apply.

LPLP publishes its articles Online First.

ISSN: 0272-2690 | E-ISSN: 1569-9889
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Latest articles

12 January 2023

  • C. Ó Giollagáin , G. Camshron , P. Moireach , B. Ó Curnáin , I. Caimbeul , B. MacDonald T. Péterváry . 2020. The Gaelic Crisis in the Vernacular Community: a Comprehensive Sociolinguistic Survey of Scottish Gaelic
    Compte rendu par Pierre Foucher | LPLP 46:3 (2022) pp. 354–362
  • 17 November 2022

  • The legal status of languages / ‘languages’ that emerged from Serbo-Croatian : Destabilizing effects of the provisions on the official language
    Ljubica Djordjević | LPLP 46:2 (2022) pp. 146–170
  • Language conflicts and securitization in multilingual societies
    Peter Haslinger | LPLP 46:2 (2022) pp. 131–145
  • When language rights are not enough : Dialogue for reconciliation in post-conflict settings
    Philip McDermott Mairéad Nic Craith | LPLP 46:2 (2022) pp. 171–191
  • Language policies as a conflict prevention tool : The approach and experience of the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities
    Alessandro Rotta Slava Balan | LPLP 46:2 (2022) pp. 192–224
  • At the intersection of language, conflict, and security : Theoretical and empirical perspectives
    Roberta Medda-Windischer Andrea Carlà | LPLP 46:2 (2022) pp. 113–130
  • Iryna Ulasiuk , Laurenţiu Hadîrcă William Romans (eds.). 2018. Language Policy and Conflict Prevention
    Reviewed by Mattia Zeba | LPLP 46:2 (2022) pp. 225–230
  • 21 October 2022

  • Chaoqun Lian . 2020. Language, Ideology and Sociopolitical Change in the Arabic-speaking World: A study of the discourse of Arabic language academies
    Reviewed by Mariam Aboelezz
  • 17 October 2022

  • Issues in introducing indigenous languages in higher education in Africa : The example of Nigeria
    Taiwo Oloruntoba-Oju Bert van Pinxteren
  • 10 October 2022

  • Interpreting as a part of language planning : A promising opportunity for Breton
    Robert Neal Baxter
  • Between two fires : Linguistic justice vs language policy at a South African higher education institution
    Natasha Ravyse Adriana J. M. van Zyl | LPLP 46:3 (2022) pp. 318–348
  • 27 September 2022

  • Thomas Ricento (Eds). 2021. Refugees in Canada: On the loss of social and cultural capital
    Reviewed by Nasim Omidian Sijani
  • 20 September 2022

  • Wilson McLeod . 2020. Gaelic in Scotland: Policies, Movements and Ideologies
    Reviewed by Cassie Smith-Christmas | LPLP 46:3 (2022) pp. 349–353
  • 19 July 2022

  • Translation policy in health care settings in Ontario : Problems, challenges and language ideologies
    Wanhong Wang | LPLP 46:3 (2022) pp. 291–317
  • 14 July 2022

  • Language policy in Italian universities : Navigating the language ambiguities of higher education internationalisation
    Beatrice Zuaro , Josep Soler Beyza Björkman-Nylén | LPLP 46:3 (2022) pp. 231–255
  • 21 June 2022

  • Palestinian kindergarten teachers in Israel and Arabic education policy : Language practice, ideology, and management
    Abeer Shahbari Kassem Muhammad Amara | LPLP 46:3 (2022) pp. 256–290
  • 3 June 2022

  • How learning Toki Pona may help improving communication strategies in a foreign or second language
    Paolo Coluzzi | LPLP 46:1 (2022) pp. 78–98
  • 8 April 2022

  • West African Pidgin as a tool for socio-economic development
    Samsondeen Ajagbe , Bridget Fonkeu Uyi Edegbe | LPLP 46:1 (2022) pp. 1–25
  • 31 March 2022

  • Sylvie Roy . 2020. French Immersion Ideologies in Canada
    Reviewed by Matthew Hayday | LPLP 46:1 (2022) pp. 108–112
  • 28 March 2022

  • Problematising ASEAN language policy : Is the ASEAN Way the only way?
    Huan Yik Lee , M. Obaidul Hamid Ian Hardy | LPLP 46:1 (2022) pp. 55–77
  • Alice Leal . 2021. English and Translation in the European Union: Unity and Multiplicity in the Wake of Brexit
    Reviewed by Nils Ringe | LPLP 46:1 (2022) pp. 103–107
  • Thomas Ricento (Ed.). 2019. Language politics and policies. Perspectives from Canada and the United States
    Reviewed by Rachelle Vessey | LPLP 46:1 (2022) p. 99
  • 21 March 2022

  • Language policies and organizational features of international organizations
    Huiyu Zhang , Yao Ke Haitao Liu | LPLP 46:1 (2022) pp. 26–54
  • 28 February 2022

  • Language gender gap at work across OECD countries : Quantitative and controversial evidence
    Teresa Corbella , Amado Alarcón Joanna Andraszak | LPLP 45:3 (2021) pp. 284–308
  • Languages for learning : The role of CLIL teachers
    Silvia Minardi | LPLP 45:3 (2021) pp. 309–330
  • Pluricentric linguistic justice in Quebec : An attitudinal study of the politics of norm setting in French
    Leigh Oakes Yael Peled | LPLP 45:3 (2021) pp. 331–356
  • Translation as inclusion? An analysis of international NGOs’ translation policy documents
    Wine Tesseur | LPLP 45:3 (2021) pp. 261–283
  • Mekonnen Alemu Gebre Yohannes . 2021. Language Policy in Ethiopia: The Interplay Between Policy and Practice in Tigray Regional State. Contributions by Joseph Lo Bianco and Joy Kreeft Peyton
    Reviewed by Alessandro Bausi | LPLP 45:3 (2021) pp. 370–374
  • Yael Peled Daniel M. Weinstock (eds.). 2020. Language Ethics
    Reviewed by Elvira Riera-Gil | LPLP 45:3 (2021) pp. 364–369
  • Sierk Horn , Philippe Lecomte Susanne Tietze (Eds.). 2020. Managing Multilingual Workplaces: Methodological, Empirical and Pedagogic Perspectives
    Reviewed by Tobias Schroedler | LPLP 45:3 (2021) pp. 357–363
  • 24 November 2021

  • Linguistic territoriality in Switzerland : Exploring the roots of a constitutional principle
    Till Burckhardt | LPLP 45:2 (2021) pp. 187–217
  • Linguistic territoriality under stress : European perspectives
    Till Burckhardt , John Coakley László Marácz | LPLP 45:2 (2021) pp. 121–141
  • Geographical retreat and symbolic advance? Language policy in Ireland
    John Coakley | LPLP 45:2 (2021) pp. 239–260
  • The economic effects of the territoriality principle : Evidence from Transylvania, Romania
    Zsombor Csata , Roman Hlatky , Amy H. Liu Ariel Pitre Young | LPLP 45:2 (2021) pp. 164–186
  • Territorial and non-territorial arrangements in a multi-ethno-linguistic context : The case of the Baltic States
    Ádám Németh | LPLP 45:2 (2021) pp. 142–163
  • Personality and territoriality in theory and in Belgium
    Helder De Schutter | LPLP 45:2 (2021) pp. 218–238
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    Linda Cardinal | Université d'Ottawa
    ORCID logoDavid Cassels Johnson | University of Iowa
    Probal Dasgupta | Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata
    ORCID logoJean-Marc Dewaele | Birkbeck, University of London
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    Kimura Goro Christoph | Sophia University Tokyo
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    Peter A. Kraus | Universität Augsburg
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    Conchúr Ó Giollagáin | University of the Highlands and Islands
    Robert Phillipson | Copenhagen Business School (emer.)
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    Thomas Ricento | University of Calgary (emer.)
    Tove Skutnabb-Kangas | Abo Akademi
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