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Acquisition Planning

  1. Gabrielle Hogan-Brun,
  2. Clinton Robinson,
  3. Ingo Thonhauser

Published Online: 5 NOV 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781405198431.wbeal0007

The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics

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Hogan-Brun, G., Robinson, C. and Thonhauser, I. 2012. Acquisition Planning. The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. .

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  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2012


Acquisition Planning (AP) is concerned with the range of language users and the distribution of literacy. As a form of language management (Spolsky, 2004) it complements and interacts with status planning (which is about the social role or function of a language) and corpus planning (used to modify the structure of a language). This interconnection is particularly evident in multilingual contexts, where (monolingual and bilingual) AP often involves status-linked and ideology-driven language aspects of public legitimization and institutionalization (May, 2001, p. 153). AP can be activated in formal and informal settings, at the macro or micro levels of society, and may involve top-down or bottom-up approaches (Kaplan & Baldauf, 1997). This chapter provides a brief overview of approaches to AP and highlights issues arising in postcolonial, post-Soviet, and European settings, exemplified by some current European frameworks which are particularly active in AP.


  • bilingualism;
  • first language acquisition;
  • language planning;
  • language policy;
  • second language acquisition;
  • literacy