Mapping Vocabulary Research

Paul Meara

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This paper illustrates how a bibliometric method known as co-citation analysis can help novice researchers find their way around a large research field. The method is illustrated using bibliographical data from a set of 100 papers in the area of L2 vocabulary acquisition. This is an area of research which has mushroomed in the last 20 years. The paper shows how a fairly accurate picture of current priorities in this field can be built up from relatively small amounts of bibliographical data, and suggests how beginning researchers might be able to use the approach to inform their own work.

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