Language Problems and Language Planning

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
Sample issue: LPLP 41:1
François Grin | Université de Genève
Michele Gazzola | Ulster University
Book Review Editor
Lisa J. McEntee-Atalianis | Birkbeck, University of London
Interlinguistics Editor
Federico Gobbo | Universiteit van Amsterdam
Editor Emeritus
Humphrey Tonkin | University of Hartford
Editorial Board
Linda Cardinal | Université d'Ottawa
David Cassels Johnson | University of Iowa
Probal Dasgupta | Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata
Jean-Marc Dewaele | Birkbeck, University of London
Robert Dunbar | University of Edinburgh
John Edwards | St Francis Xavier University & Dalhousie University
Mark Fettes | Simon Fraser University
Sabine Fiedler | Universität Leipzig
Kimura Goro Christoph | Sophia University Tokyo
Hartmut Haberland | Roskilde Universitet (emer.)
Rainer Enrique Hamel | Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Kathleen Heugh | University of South Australia
Francis M. Hult | University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Björn H. Jernudd | Charles University, Prague
Peter A. Kraus | Universität Augsburg
Haitao Liu | Zhejiang University
Conchúr Ó Giollagáin | University of the Highlands and Islands
Robert Phillipson | Copenhagen Business School (emer.)
Timothy Reagan | University of Maine, Orono
Thomas Ricento | University of Calgary (emer.)
Editorial Assistant
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Current issue: 46:1, available as of June 2022

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Volume 47 (2023): 3 issues; ca. 300 pp. EUR 232.00 EUR 273.00
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Volume 46 (2022)

Volume 45 (2021)

Volume 44 (2020)

Volume 43 (2019)

Volume 42 (2018)

Volume 41 (2017)

Volume 40 (2016)

Volume 39 (2015)

Volume 38 (2014)

Volume 37 (2013)

Volume 36 (2012)

Volume 35 (2011)

Volume 34 (2010)

Volume 33 (2009)

Volume 32 (2008)

Volume 31 (2007)

Volume 30 (2006)

Volume 29 (2005)

Volume 28 (2004)

Volume 27 (2003)

Volume 26 (2002)

Volume 25 (2001)

Volume 24 (2000)

Volume 23 (1999)

Volume 22 (1998)

Volume 21 (1997)

Volume 20 (1996)

Volume 19 (1995)

Volume 18 (1994)

Volume 17 (1993)

Volume 16 (1992)

Volume 15 (1991)

Volume 14 (1990)

Volume 13 (1989)

Volume 12 (1988)

Volume 11 (1987)

Volume 10 (1986)

Volume 9 (1985)

Volume 8 (1984)

Volume 7 (1983)

Volume 6 (1982)

Volume 5 (1981)

Volume 4 (1980)

Volume 3 (1979)

Volume 2 (1978)

Volume 1 (1977)

Latest articles

19 July 2022

  • Translation policy in health care settings in Ontario : Problems, challenges and language ideologies
    Wanhong Wang
  • 14 July 2022

  • Language policy in Italian universities : Navigating the language ambiguities of higher education internationalisation
    Beatrice Zuaro , Josep Soler Beyza Björkman-Nylén
  • 21 June 2022

  • Palestinian kindergarten teachers in Israel and Arabic education policy : Language practice, ideology, and management
    Abeer Shahbari Kassem Muhammad Amara
  • 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
  • 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
  • 15 July 2021

  • The recent evolution of first languages in Catalonia : Between minoritization and language maintenance
    Aveŀlí Flors-Mas , Natxo Sorolla , Miquel Àngel Pradilla F. Xavier Vila | LPLP 45:1 (2021) pp. 31–55
  • 12 July 2021

  • Immigrant linguistic integration in the multilingual context of Montreal
    Ibrahim Bousmah Gilles Grenier | LPLP 45:1 (2021) p. 80
  • Bilingual students’ attitudes toward the Tibetan language : A structural analysis
    Yongtao Gan Sude Sude | LPLP 45:1 (2021) pp. 1–30
  • Language dominance and shift among Kalhuri Kurdish speakers in the multilingual context of Iran : Linguistic suicide or linguicide?
    Hiwa Weisi | LPLP 45:1 (2021) pp. 56–79
  • 5 July 2021

  • The dilemmas of ‘saving’ a dying language : Walser German between documentation and planning
    Silvia Dal Negro | LPLP 44:3 (2020) pp. 273–286
  • Lingue, dialetti e religione nelle aree occitane e francoprovenzali
    Matteo Rivoira | LPLP 44:3 (2020) pp. 320–345
  • La romaní in Italia tra rappresentazione e legittimazione
    Andrea Scala | LPLP 44:3 (2020) pp. 346–370
  • The Friulian minority : Language and rights up and down like a roller coaster
    Marco Stolfo | LPLP 44:3 (2020) pp. 287–319
  • Anja Giudici , Rocco W. Ronza Verio Pini (a cura di). 2020. Il plurilinguismo svizzero e la sfida dell’inglese. Riflessioni dal laboratorio elvetico a confronto con l’Europa
    Reviewed by Sabine Christopher | LPLP 44:3 (2020) pp. 376–384
  • Lucilla Pizzoli . 2018. La politica linguistica in Italia. Dall’unificazione nazionale al dibattito sull’internazionalizzazione
    Reviewed by Emanuele Miola | LPLP 44:3 (2020) pp. 371–375
  • Fifty ways to legitimate your language
    Gabriele Iannàccaro Vittorio Dell’Aquila | LPLP 44:3 (2020) pp. 255–272
  • 1 June 2021

  • Catherine CHUA Siew Kheng. 2018. Un(intended) Language Planning in a Globalising World: Multiple Levels of Players at Work
    Reviewed by Kinga Kozminska | LPLP 45:1 (2021) pp. 105–109
  • Goro C. Kimura Lisa Fairbrother (eds.). 2020. A language management approach to language problems: Integrating macro and micro dimensions
    Reviewed by Y. Tao Z. H. Jiang | LPLP 45:1 (2021) pp. 116–120
  • 31 March 2021

  • Melanie Cooke Rob Peutrell (Eds.). 2019. Brokering Britain, educating citizens: Exploring ESOL and citizenship
    Reviewed by Mohammed Ateek | LPLP 45:1 (2021) pp. 110–115
  • Submission

    The journal invites articles in line with the journal's aims & scope, as described on the main webpage (above). For more extensive information, please also refer to the Editorial Statement , and the List of Topics .

    The editors welcome articles in languages other than English.

    Guidelines and general information

    Manuscript submissions are invited in any language. They are normally reviewed anonymously by two competent scholars. When preparing your article for submission to LPLP, please follow these Instructions to Authors.

    Submissions for consideration should be sent to Prof. François Grin, Editor-in-Chief, via the Editorial Manager Platform. For additional information about electronic submission, please consult the Short Guide to EM for Authors.

    Editorial inquiries

    Inquiries should be sent to:
    François Grin, Editor-in-Chief, editor-in-chief-lplp at
    with copy to Guillaume Fürst, Editorial assistant, editorial-assistant-lplp at
    FTI, University of Geneva, 40 Bd du Pont-d’Arve, CH – 1211 Genève 4, Switzerland

    Interlinguistics Section

    Manuscripts for the Interlinguistics Section should be sent to:
    Federico Gobbo, F.Gobbo at
    University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Humanities – Linguistics, Spuistraat 134, NL-1012 VB Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    Book reviews

    Book reviews are normally solicited (occasionally, unsolicited reviews may be considered; in this case, please provide information about your reviewing and publishing experience and research expertise in the area of the book chosen to review; postgraduate students must co-author or seek the support of their supervisor in writing a review).
    Once a book has been received by the author, the review will usually be due within 2-3 months. Reviews are to be between 1,500-2000 words.
    They should be headed by the name of the author of the book, date and title, place of publication and publisher details, along with the number of pages. This should be followed by the reviewer’s name and affiliation e.g.:

    David J. Peterson. (2015) The art of language invention: From horse-lords to dark elves, the words behind the world-building. New York: Penguin. 292 pp.
    Reviewed by Federico Gobbo (Universiteit van Amsterdam)

    The reviewer’s name, full address and a short bibliographical note (max 4 lines) should also be provided at the end of the review.

    Reviews should be sent to:
    Dr Lisa J McEntee-Atalianis, l.mcentee-atalianis at
    Birkbeck, University of London, Department of Applied Linguistics & Communication, 26 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DT, UK


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