Language Problems and Language Planning

Language Problems and Language Planning (LPLP) is a peer-reviewed international and multilingual journal devoted to the study of multilingualism and language policy. It has a particular interest in contributions on relatively large-scale language issues and their international implications. LPLP encourages interdisciplinarity in the study of multilingualism and language policy. Contributions from any of the language disciplines, as well as from other fields in the social sciences (including political science, sociology, economics, education sciences, psychology, philosophy, history, law, etc.) are welcome, with a priority for papers offering a strong analytical orientation (whether theoretical, empirical, methodological, or a combination of these).

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
Subscription Info
Current issue: 44:2, available as of January 2021
Next issue: 44:3, expected June 2021

General information about our electronic journals.

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Online-only Print + online
Volume 46 (2022): 3 issues; ca. 300 pp. EUR 232.00 EUR 268.00
Volume 45 (2021): 3 issues; ca. 300 pp. EUR 232.00 EUR 268.00
Volume 44 (2020): 3 issues; ca. 300 pp. EUR 232.00 EUR 268.00

Individuals may apply for a special subscription rate of EUR 70.00 (online‑only: EUR 65.00)
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Available back-volumes

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Complete backset
(Vols. 1‒43; 1977‒2019)
129 issues;
12,600 pp.
EUR 8,798.00 EUR 9,179.00
Volume 43 (2019) 3 issues; 300 pp. EUR 227.00 EUR 263.00
Volume 42 (2018) 3 issues; 300 pp. EUR 220.00 EUR 255.00
Volume 41 (2017) 3 issues; 300 pp. EUR 214.00 EUR 248.00
Volume 40 (2016) 3 issues; 300 pp. EUR 214.00 EUR 241.00
Volume 39 (2015) 3 issues; 300 pp. EUR 214.00 EUR 234.00
Volume 38 (2014) 3 issues; 300 pp. EUR 214.00 EUR 227.00
Volume 37 (2013) 3 issues; 300 pp. EUR 214.00 EUR 220.00
Volumes 4‒36 (1980‒2012) 3 issues; avg. 300 pp. EUR 208.00 each EUR 214.00 each
Volumes 1‒3 (1977‒1979) 3 issues; avg. 200 pp. EUR 139.00 each EUR 143.00 each

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

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
  • Goro C. Kimura Lisa Fairbrother . 2020. A language management approach to language problems: Integrating macro and micro dimensions
    Reviewed by Y. Tao & Z. H. Jiang
  • 31 March 2021

  • Melanie Cooke Rob Peutrell (Eds.). 2019. Brokering Britain, educating citizens: Exploring ESOL and citizenship
    Reviewed by Mohammed Ateek
  • 3 December 2020

  • Language skills and labour market returns : A meta-regression analysis
    Svetlana Ridala | LPLP 44:2 (2020) pp. 200–241
  • Kamran Khan . 2019. Becoming a citizen: Linguistic trials and negotiations in the UK
    Reviewed by Tony Capstick | LPLP 44:2 (2020) pp. 246–249
  • Anthony J. Liddicoat . 2018. Language policy and planning in universities: Teaching, research and administration
    Reviewed by Kimberley Chopin | LPLP 44:2 (2020) pp. 242–245
  • 23 November 2020

  • Maartje De Meulder , Joseph J. Murray Rachel L. McKee . 2019. The legal recognition of sign languages: Advocacy and outcomes around the world
    Reviewed by Hanna Jaeger | LPLP 44:2 (2020) pp. 250–253
  • 24 September 2020

  • Language rights and groups of immigrant origin : The case of language claims in the Spanish cities in North Africa
    Iker Erdocia | LPLP 44:2 (2020) pp. 146–169
  • Sources of variation in attitudes toward minority, majority and foreign language : A minority L1 perspective
    Sabina Halupka-Rešetar & Eleonóra Kovács Rácz | LPLP 44:2 (2020) pp. 170–199
  • Language choice in peer interactions and the role of peers in minority language maintenance : A case study from Vietnam
    Trang Thi Thuy Nguyen & M. Obaidul Hamid | LPLP 44:2 (2020) pp. 123–145
  • 1 July 2020

  • The orthography of revived Cornish as an attempt at pluricentricity
    Merryn Davies-Deacon | LPLP 44:1 (2020) pp. 66–86
  • Mind the age gap : Communication technologies and intergenerational language transmission among Esperanto speakers in France
    Guilherme Fians | LPLP 44:1 (2020) p. 87
  • Language policy and planning in Nigeria : Moving beyond rhetoric
    Eucharia Okwudilichukwu Ugwu | LPLP 44:1 (2020) pp. 1–19
  • Scientific research and languages in Portuguese Higher Education Institutions
    Susana Pinto & Maria Helena Araújo e Sá | LPLP 44:1 (2020) pp. 20–44
  • Language competition modeling and language policy evaluation
    Torsten Templin | LPLP 44:1 (2020) pp. 45–65
  • Diarmait Mac Giolla Chríost Matteo Bonotti . 2018. Brexit, language policy and linguistic diversity
    Reviewed by Stuart S. Dunmore | LPLP 44:1 (2020) pp. 113–117
  • Javier Alcalde José Salguero . 2017. Antaŭ unu jarcento: La granda milito kaj Esperanto
    Reviewed by Esther Schor | LPLP 44:1 (2020) pp. 118–122
  • Anneli Sarhimaa . 2017. Vaietut ja vaiennetut. Karjalankieliset karjalaiset Suomessa [The ones who are not spoken about and who have been silenced. Karelian-speaking Karelians in Finland]
    Reviewed by Tove Skutnabb-Kangas | LPLP 44:1 (2020) pp. 109–112
  • Submission

    The editors welcome articles dealing with language policy, language management, and language use in international organizations, multinational enterprises, etc., and theoretical studies on global communication, language interaction, and language conflict. Articles dealing with language situations in particular countries should have wider theoretical applicability.

    Contributions are invited from any discipline in the social sciences and humanities (SSH), even though the language disciplines are central for the journal. Authors proposing papers with an anchoring in other disciplines (e.g. law, economics, psychology, etc.) are invited to pay particular attention to the accessibility of their contribution to a scientific audience with training in a discipline other than their own.

    The editors welcome articles in languages other than English.

    For a more extensive discussion of the journal’s editorial line, please refer to the Editorial Statement.

    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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    Authors must ensure that they have permission to use any third-party material in their contribution; the permission should include perpetual (not time-limited) world-wide distribution in print and electronic format.

    For more information, please consult the author's rights page

    Open Access

    For information about possibilities to post a version of your article online or in an institutional repository ('green' open access), please consult the author's rights page.

    LPLP offers the possibility for accepted papers to be made available under the 'gold' open access model immediately upon publication, after payment of a fee (Article Publication Charge, APC) by or on behalf of the author. For more information, see our Open Access policy



    Translation & Interpreting Studies

    Translation Studies

    Main BIC Subject

    CF: Linguistics

    Main BISAC Subject

    LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General