Language Problems and Language Planning

Main information
ORCID logoFrançois Grin | Université de Genève | editor-in-chief-lplp at
ORCID logoMichele Gazzola | Ulster University
Book Review Editor
ORCID logoLisa J. McEntee-Atalianis | Birkbeck, University of London
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

29 March 2024

  • The role of identification criteria in language : The Croatian case
    Igor Ivašković
  • Linda Mingfang Li . 2019. Language management and its impact: The policies and practices of Confucius Institutes
    Reviewed by Jeffrey Gil
  • Marsaili MacLeod Cassie Smith-Christmas (eds.). 2018. Gaelic in contemporary Scotland: the revitalisation of an endangered language
    Reviewed by Michael Hornsby
  • Nils Ringe . 2022. The Language(s) of Politics: Multilingual Policy-Making in the European Union
    Reviewed by Alice Leal
  • 14 March 2024

  • Besmir Fidahić . 2021. Linguistic Justice at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia
    Reviewed by Robert Phillipson
  • 16 January 2024

  • Tove Skutnabb-Kangas : (1940-2023)
    LPLP 47:3 (2023) pp. 231–232
  • 8 January 2024

  • Standardization and vitality : The role of linguistic purism in preventing extinction
    Rhianwen Daniel | LPLP 47:2 (2023) pp. 182–207
  • Visibility and (re)vitalization : The case of Asturian language in Asturias, Spain
    Patricia Gubitosi Paola Medina González | LPLP 47:2 (2023) pp. 208–229
  • Jurisdictional decentralisation in favour of minority languages
    Fanni Korpics | LPLP 47:2 (2023) pp. 160–181
  • Is minority language use a right or a privilege? European institutions’ contribution to the decline of linguistic diversity
    Csongor István Nagy | LPLP 47:2 (2023) pp. 136–159
  • Language (re)vitalization : What characterizes a sensible policy?
    Bengt-Arne Wickström , Noémi Nagy , Anneliese Rieger-Roschitz Balázs Vizi | LPLP 47:2 (2023) pp. 113–135
  • 3 October 2023

  • Forging a “civil discourse” : Basque studies, ideology, and science in the standardisation of the Basque language, 1900–1936
    Aitor Anduaga | LPLP 47:3 (2023) pp. 256–278
  • Elites, centers and “forces collectives” : Language standardization from Meillet to Gramsci – and beyond
    Stefano Colistra Rocco Walter Ronza | LPLP 47:3 (2023) pp. 279–299
  • Global, glocal or local? The construction of a new identity by peripheral social sciences and humanities journals through translation-mediated bilingual publishing
    Xiangdong Li | LPLP 47:3 (2023) pp. 233–255
  • 3 July 2023

  • Rosemary Salomone . 2022. The rise of English: Global politics and the power of language
    Reviewed by Jane Setter | LPLP 47:3 (2023) pp. 312–315
  • 27 June 2023

  • Lyn Wright Christina Higgins (Eds.). 2021. Diversifying Family Language Policy
    Reviewed by Angie Baily Xiao Lan Curdt-Christiansen | LPLP 47:3 (2023) pp. 305–311
  • Eduardo D. Faingold . 2020. Language Rights and the Law in the European Union
    Reviewed by Zhonghua Wu Le Cheng | LPLP 47:3 (2023) pp. 300–304
  • 23 May 2023

  • Translation policies in times of a pandemic : An intercity comparison
    Kadija Bouyzourn , Rachel Macreadie , Shuxia Zhou , Reine Meylaerts Anthony Pym | LPLP 47:1 (2023) pp. 72–94
  • 10 May 2023

  • Věra Barandovská-Frank . 2020. Interlingvistiko. Enkonduko en la sciencon pri planlingvoj
    Reviewed by Klaus Schubert | LPLP 47:1 (2023) pp. 95–99
  • 20 April 2023

  • Teaching Hebrew as second language in Arab schools in Israel : Policy and identity politics
    Rama Manor Adi Binhas | LPLP 47:1 (2023) pp. 49–71
  • 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
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    Editorial Board
    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
    Robert Dunbar | University of Edinburgh
    John Edwards | St Francis Xavier University & Dalhousie University
    Mark Fettes | Simon Fraser University
    ORCID logoGuilherme Fians | University of St Andrews
    ORCID logoSabine Fiedler | Universität Leipzig
    Kimura Goro Christoph | Sophia University Tokyo
    ORCID logoHartmut 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
    ORCID logoHaitao Liu | Zhejiang University
    Conchúr Ó Giollagáin | University of the Highlands and Islands
    Robert Phillipson | Copenhagen Business School (emer.)
    ORCID logoTimothy Reagan | University of Maine, Orono
    Thomas Ricento | University of Calgary (emer.)
    Klaus Schubert | Universität Hildesheim
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    The journal invites articles in line with the journal's aims & scope, as described on the main webpage and in this 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 portal. 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 can be submitted through the Editorial Manager portal.
    They will be considered by the journal's Interlinguistics committee, consisting at present of board members Mark Fettes (Simon Fraser University), Guilherme Fians (University of St Andrews), Sabine Fiedler (Universität Leipzig), Kimura Goro Christoph (Sophia University Tokyo) and Klaus Schubert (Universität Hildesheim).

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    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. For further details see also the journal's Instructions to Authors.
    Book reviews 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)

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    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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    Translation & Interpreting Studies

    Translation Studies

    Main BIC Subject

    CF: Linguistics

    Main BISAC Subject

    LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General