Language Problems and Language Planning

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ISSN 0272-2690
E-ISSN 1569-9889

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.

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