ERIC Number: ED043869
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Dec
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Information Flow in the Language Sciences: An Exploratory Case Study of the Washington, D.C. Area. LINCS Project Document Series.
Levy, Mary M.; Griffith, Belver C.
This report is a case study of communication in the language sciences in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The areas of investigation were: (1) the professional characteristics of the people working in the language sciences, their major fields, academic background, and professional activities; (2) the types of information desired by language professionals, the sources consulted, the problems encountered in obtaining needed information, and the role of the various channels of information in the processing of information exchange; (3) the relationship among different areas in the language sciences in terms of the flow of information and overlap of subject-matter interests. The two principal components of the study were a questionnaire survey designed to obtain general data on the community of language professionals, and a series of interviews designed to explore the individual's use of information in his work setting. For the purposes of the study subjects were divided by major field into linguists, foreign language specialists, and professionals in other fields, and results revealed that respondents from these three different groups have different patterns of professional characteristics and activities. Much of the information obtained from the study is displayed in tabular form. The questionnaire form and the interview schedule are appended. (Author/FWB)
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Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC. Office of Economic and Manpower Studies.
Authoring Institution: Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC. Language Information Network and Clearinghouse System.