Indicators in language policy and planning

Michele Gazzola, Gabriele Iannàccaro

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This chapter explains the concepts of indicator, indicator system, and information system. It clarifies why indicators are central in the implementation and monitoring of language policy. It presents the methodology to decompose a complex concept into more constitutive dimensions and then into quantifiable indicators. It discusses the most important properties of a good indicator and indicator system. It presents some existing experiences in the use of indicators in LPP from different countries. Finally, this chapter shows how to apply indicators to the study of language policies promoting linguistic vitality of minority languages, and policies aimed at reducing linguistic unease.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Language Policy and Planning
EditorsMichele Gazzola, François Grin
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9781138328198
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 29 Sept 2023


  • Language Policy
  • language planning
  • indicator
  • linguistic vitality
  • linguistic justice


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