ERIC Number: ED024015
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1968-Dec
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International Information Flow in Linguistics.
Roberts, A. Hood
The Linguistic Reporter, v10 n6 Dec 1968
Since 1967 the Center for Applied Linguistics has been conducting a survey and analysis of the field of the language sciences to determine the operational and technical requirements for an information system for the field. The first important fact to emerge from this study is that linguistics is no longer a very clearly definable area. It has become a tool widely used in areas not traditionally its concern and by people who are not linguists by training. This fact, plus the growing number of linguists and language researchers, complicates the problem of information flow because there is very little coordination of their efforts. The author discusses these complications, among which are: (1) at present there are no adequate central repositories for even the 400 core publications, (2) many periodicals have serious publication lags, (3) linguistic literature is published in a variety of languages, (4) pertinent information cuts across several fields and retrieval is therefore difficult, (5) there is no central abstracts journal, (6) there are only three or four dictionaries which cover the field adequately, and (7) there are no adequate classifications of the field. Also discussed are improvements in the area of information flow: (1) at least 63 information services in the language sciences now exist around the world, (2) various bibliographies have been published by CAL, and (3) several rosters of linguists are being maintained. (DO)
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Authoring Institution: Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC.