The British are coming…! A bibliometric analysis of L2 vocabulary research in 1988

Paul Meara

Swansea University , United Kingdom

Abstract

This paper uses a co-citation analysis to examine the research on L2 vocabulary acquisition that was published in 1988. Two analyses are presented. The first is a detailed account of the 1988 research on its own terms. The second analysis places this work in a larger context by looking at the research published in a five-year window covering 1984–88. The analyses identify important themes in the research and significant sources who are influencing the way the research is developing at this time. A particularly important new research theme centred around corpus linguistics appears in the 1988 data, and there are some surprising changes to the list of influential sources.

Keywords:

L2 vocabulary acquisition, vocabulary research, bibliometric analysis

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2020-12-30


Meara, P. (2020). The British are coming…! A bibliometric analysis of L2 vocabulary research in 1988. Linguistics Beyond and Within (LingBaW), 6(1), 111–129. https://doi.org/10.31743/lingbaw.11835

Paul Meara 
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