Language and Public Policy

Language and Public Policy is an online-only section of Language that was established in 2013. It publishes original, high quality scholarship exploring and analyzing areas of public policy that benefit from the findings and methods of linguistics.

Articles may deal with public policy concerns in the social sciences, education, medicine, and law, among other disciplines, from any level (local to international), that involve language as the topic (as in language policy itself), a focus (as in education policies), an instrument (as in legal policies), or a relevant variable (as in labor or civil rights policies). The section highlights the relevance of language and linguistics to the policy arena through discussion of issues that bring them together. Multi-disciplinary and international contributions are welcomed.

Articles that have appeared in this section include:

Humphries, Tom , Poorna Kushalnagar, Gaurav Mathur, Donna Jo Napoli, Carol Padden, & Christian Rathmann. (2014) Ensuring language acquisition for deaf children: What linguists can do. Language, 90(2): e31-e52.

McMenamin, Gerald R. & Lindsay N. Kerr. (2014) Jasmine and the Bee: Spelling word-initial [th] in English. Language, 90(4): e149-e164.

Spolsky, Bernard. (2014) Language management in the People’s Republic of China. Language, 90(4): e165-e179.

Rymes, Betsy, Nelson Flores & Anne Pomerantz. (2016) The Common Core State Standards and English learners: Finding the silver lining. Language, 92(4): e257-e273.

Koulidobrova, Elena, Marlon Kuntze & Hannah Dostal. (2018) If you use ASL, should you study ESL? Limitations of a modality-b(i)ased policy. Language, 94(2): e99-e126.

DeGraff, Michel & Glenda S. Stump. (2018) Kreyòl, pedagogy, and technology for opening up quality education in Haiti: Changes in teachers’ metalinguistic attitudes as first steps in a paradigm shift. Language, 94(2): e127-e157. (co-published with Teaching Linguistics).

Submitting to Language and Public Policy 

To submit a manuscript, please follow the general Notes to Contributors. Manuscripts for publication should be submitted through this online portal, marked clearly as a submission for the Language and Public Policy section. The editorial process for Language will be followed, with double-blind review of manuscripts by expert reviewers. 

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The editors of this section of Language are also Associate Editors of Language.