A question for Fritz
mark.dingemanse at mpi.nl
Tue Oct 26 18:11:18 UTC 2010
I know Fritz is looking for quotes, but one way to gauge outside views
of our discipline is to see how our published work is being cited. This
shows how scholars vote with their feet.
On that issue, I must second Brian Macwhinney's note on Conversation
Analysis. Two out of the five most cited articles in the flagship
journal of our discipline are CA articles. The top article by number of
citations is Sacks, Schegloff & Jefferson 1974. With 5638 citations
recorded by Google Scholar, and the next article (Dowty 1991) coming in
at a "mere" 2007 citations, this surely is the most cited article in the
entire history of the journal.
I hesitate to mention this because it's only tangentially related, but
these statistics were prompted by the member survey that the LSA is
currently doing. See http://ideophone.org/language-anthology-citations/
for background and data. Funknetters might be interested to know that a
substantial number of the most viewed, downloaded, and cited articles in
the journal Language are of a broadly functionalist bent.
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