Status planning

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Status planning is one aspect of language planning, in the well-known classification of Kloss (1969): It refers to modifications in the social role of a language, in particular the role with respect to the state or the government.

"Those concerned with this type of language planning take the corpus of the language for granted; they are primarily interested in the status of the language, whether it is satisfactory as it is or whether it should be lowered or raised." (Kloss 1969)


  • Cobarrubias, Juan. 1983. "Ethical issues in status planning." In: Cobarrubias, Juan & Fishman, Joshua A. (eds.) 1983. Progress in language planning: International perspectives. Berlin: Mouton, 41-85.
  • Kloss, Heinz. 1969. Research possibilities on group bilingualism: A report. Quebec: International Center for research on Bilingualism.