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Languages, Society & Policy

Languages, Society and Policy is an open access online journal publishing high-quality peer-reviewed language research that addresses issues concerning languages, cultures, and societies in accessible and non-technical language. We promote engagement with policy makers, journalists and stakeholders in education, health, business and elsewhere.

We publish Policy Papers, Opinion Articles and Dialogues

We welcome contributions from diverse disciplines and subdisciplines that relate to language, including—but not limited to—linguistics, modern languages, and all  relevant subfields of cognitive science, cultural studies, education, health sciences, neuroscience, and psychology.


For information on how to submit a paper to Languages, Society & Policy (LSP), please see our Editorial Guidelines.

ISSN 2515-3854


Language underpins every aspect of human activity, social, economic and cultural. Insights from the integrated study of languages, cultures, and societies can improve policy making and have the potential to impact on a wide range of areas of public life.

Our mission is to draw research insights from the widest possible spectrum of the field aiming for broad, feasible and impactful policy recommendations. We aim to connect insights about language and its role in culture and communication with wider societal questions, including those related to law, migration, equality, and inclusiveness, as well as the vital role of intercultural understanding for international collaboration on these and other big issues of our times.




LSP was launched in May 2017 as part of the AHRC funded project, Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies (MEITS), led by Professor Wendy Ayres-Bennett at the University of Cambridge (AH/N004671/1;

MEITS (2016-2021) was an interdisciplinary, multi-institution research project seeking to revitalize the broadly conceived subject area of Modern Languages and shape UK language policy.


In bringing together researchers from literary and cultural studies, the history of ideas, sociolinguistics, applied linguistics, education and cognitive science, MEITS sought to show how research within the disciplinary field can address and enrich our understanding of key issues of our time.


This spirit of openness and interdisciplinarity was therefore fundamental to the conception of LSP from the outset, and the journal has continued to encourage contributors to work beyond their usual disciplinary boundaries.



LSP is supported by a consortium of learned societies working together to nurture a cross-disciplinary approach to research-based policy recommendations. 

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Dr Leanne Henderson

Co-Editor, Dialogues

Dr Emma Humphries

Managing Editor

Dr Alim Tusun

Associate Editors

Professor David Adger

Department of Linguistics,
Queen Mary University of London

Professor Wendy Ayres-Bennett

Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, University of Cambridge

Dr Thomas Bak

Department of Psychology,
University of Edinburgh

Dr Linda Fisher

Faculty of Education,
University of Cambridge

Professor Charles Forsdick

Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Liverpool

Professor Caroline Heycock

School of Philosophy, Psychology & Language Sciences, University of Edinburgh

Professor Paul Kerswill

Department of Language and Linguistic Science, University of York

Professor Michelle MacLeod

School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture, University of Aberdeen

Dr Frank Monaghan

The School of Languages and Applied Linguistics, The Open University

Dr Lisa-Maria Müller

The Chartered College of Teaching

Professor Florence Myles

Department of Language and Linguistics
University of Essex

Professor Ludovica Serratrice

School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences, University of Reading

Professor Nigel Vincent

Department of Linguistics and English Language, University of Manchester

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Editorial Team

Communications Assistant

Dr James Algie

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