Laying the foundations: A bibliometric analysis of L2 vocabulary research in 1982-1986

Paul Meara

Swansea University, UK

Abstract

This paper uses a co-citation analysis to examine the research on L2 vocabulary acquisition that was published in 1986. This year seems to mark a serious consolidation of L2 vocabulary research, with the main themes of future research appearing. The paper also reports a larger analysis of all the work that appeared in a five-year window from 1982-1986. This analysis clearly shows the beginnings of a recognisable research focus on L2 vocabulary acquisition, though this work is influenced by some surprising sources, who do not figure in more recent work in the field.

Keywords
L2 vocabulary acquisition, vocabulary research, bibliometric analysis

Suggested citation

Meara, Paul. 2018. Laying the foundations: A bibliometric analysis of L2 vocabulary research in 1982-1986. Linguistics Beyond and Within 4: 108-128. Online at: https://lingbaw.com/2018/Paul-Meara.


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