ERIC Number: ED037727
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Overlap in Professional Society Membership in the Language Sciences.
Zisa, Charles A.
The definition of the potential user community is one of the objectives of the studies being conducted in connection with the Language Information Network and Clearinghouse System (LINCS) project at the Center for Applied Linguistics. As part of this activity, various aspects of the language sciences community are being examined, both qualitatively and quantitatively. Among the quantitative aspects is included an estimate of the size of the community. As most of the user community belongs to at least one professional society which has language science or some subfield thereof as its primary focus, the memberships of such societies is used as one indicator of the approximate size of the whole community. A preliminary list of these societies, however, is not equal to the number of individuals who belong to the societies, for many belong to more than one society. To determine the extent of the overlap among such societies, membership lists of seven societies were compared, five by computer and two visually. The overlap, much smaller than expected, was 10% to 23%. On the basis of the study the size of the language sciences community was revised from 175,000 to 200,000. An appendix by Carl M. Wilson gives a preliminary listing of professional societies in the language sciences and related specialties. (Author/FWB)
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Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC. Language Information Network and Clearinghouse System.