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Language and Public Policy is an online section of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA) journal 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.

The following articles have been published in this section

Ensuring language acquisition for deaf children: What linguists can do (Tom Humphries, Poorna Kushalnagar, Gaurav Mathur, Donna Jo Napoli, Carol Padden, & Christian Rathmann)


Jasmine and the Bee: Spelling word-initial [th] in English (Gerald R. McMenamin & Lindsay N. Kerr)


Language management in the People’s Republic of China (Bernard Spolsky)


The Common Core State Standards and English learners: Finding the silver lining (Betsy Rymes, Nelson Flores, & Anne Pomerantz)


Submit to Language and Public Policy

To submit a manuscript, please follow the general guidelines for contributors to Language.  The editorial process for Language will be followed, with double-blind review of manuscripts by expert reviewers.

The Editors welcome inquiries about possible article topics. Please feel free to communicate with them via email (linked below).

Online Publishing Details

As an online publication, articles in this section will be disseminated as soon as they are ready and will be made available to anyone with access to Project MUSE. The articles will then be listed in the subsequent issue of Language and will be paginated in that context. After one year, everything published in Language will be made available on the LSA website to anyone, including non-members, thereby meeting "green" Open Access standards. There are also options for arranging for immediate open access.

Editorial Information

John Baugh, Section Editor

Donna Christian, Section Editor

Andries Coetzee, Editor of Language