Language Policy and Planning Issues in Promoting Cultural and Linguistic Diversity

A special issue of Societies (ISSN 2075-4698).

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Department of Foreign Languages, University of Bergen, 5007 Bergen, Norway
Interests: Chinese linguistics; language policy and planning; sociolinguistics

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Dear Colleagues,

The preservation and promotion of cultural diversity as a common heritage of humanity has been one of the prominent developmental goals in postmodern societies. According to the UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity, “culture is at the heart of contemporary debates about identity, social cohesion, and the development of a knowledge-based economy”, and “respect for the diversity of cultures, tolerance, dialogue and cooperation, in a climate of mutual trust and understanding, are among the best guarantees of international peace and security” (UNESCO, 2001). Similarly, issues of language choice and behavior have a leverage on the social, economic, and political stability of multicultural societies (Williams, 2015). UNESCO’s Yuelu Proclamation states that linguistic diversity is ultimately concerned with “the equal opportunities to access quality education and other basic public services, employment, health, social inclusion and participation in society”; thus, the protection and promotion of linguistic diversity is crucial to achieve sustainable development of humankind, advance economic development, and improve social inclusion and partnerships (UNESCO, 2019). However, despite the potential benefits of cultural and linguistic diversity in societal and human developments, there are concerns that the growing diversity of cultures and languages in society may increase the risk of language and cultural conflicts and become a potential source of social problems. 

The main objective of this Special Issue is to explore the role and effect of language policy and planning in the preservation and promotion of cultural and linguistic diversity in the society. This serves as a response to the call “from policy makers, educationalists and language policy makers to promote diversity, address the issues of racism, and develop, through policy initiatives, positive cross-cultural attitudes in the wider society” (Hatoss, 2004). Contributors are invited to examine the language policy discourse or language planning endeavors in particular polities and analyze the theoretical, practical, ideological, and ethical issues involved in the promotion and management of cultural and linguistic diversity in various domains.

Contributions have to follow one of the three categories of papers (article, conceptual paper, or review) of the journal and address the topic of this Special Issue.


Hatoss, Anikó. 2004. Promoting Diversity through Language-in-Education Policies: Focus on Australia and the European Union. Current Issues in Language Planning, 5(4), 438–454.

Williams, Colin H. 2015. Language Policy and Planning Issues in Multicultural Societies. In Colin H. Williams (ed.), Linguistic Minorities in Democratic Context (pp. 74–119). Palgrave Macmillan, London.

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). 2001. UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity. Accessed from

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). 2019. The protection and promotion of linguistic diversity addressed by UNESCO. Available online:

Prof. Dr. Guowen Shang
Guest Editor

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  • language planning and policy
  • cultural diversity
  • linguistic diversity
  • language-in-education planning
  • multilingualism
  • multiculturism
  • human rights
  • identity
  • (in)equality
  • conflict
  • solidarity
  • sustainable development

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