A social network analysis of knowledge infrastructure in the second language acquisition domain

Jang, Haejin, Wood, Jacob, and Khan, Gohar Feroz (2017) A social network analysis of knowledge infrastructure in the second language acquisition domain. Linguistic Research, 34 (Special Edition). pp. 125-160.

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This study utilizes the social network analysis(SNA) technique to analyze and better understand the semantic and knowledge networks that are associated with the linguistic domain of second language acquisition (SLA). Our analytic research helps to further define our understanding of SLA by constructing a detailed description of the domain’s network knowledge infrastructure. By analyzing 5,297 publications, authored by 9,220 authors, and published in 1471 outlets. Our study utilized the SNA tool to examine the author, institution, bibliographic coupling and keyword networks of the SLA domain. The results of our study show that SLA network is relatively fragmented containing several isolated clusters of authors. The study also found that the diameter of the co-authorship network is relatively small and has clustering co-efficient that is high and displays the small world phenomenon.

Item ID: 52819
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1229-1374
Keywords: scientometrics, linguistics, second language acquisition, social network analysis
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2018 04:54
FoR Codes: 47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4703 Language studies > 470306 English as a second language @ 50%
35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3505 Human resources and industrial relations > 350502 Employment equity and diversity @ 50%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture @ 100%
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