LINGUIST List 12.2223

Wed Sep 12 2001

Qs: Scientometrics of LINGUIST/English Idioms

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  1. Victor Kuperman, Scientometrics of the LINGUIST
  2. Thomas-Fuyin-LI, acquire/learn/teach English idioms and proverbs

Message 1: Scientometrics of the LINGUIST

Date: Mon, 10 Sep 2001 18:49:35 -0700 (PDT)
From: Victor Kuperman <>
Subject: Scientometrics of the LINGUIST

Dear LINGUIST subscribers,
I am an MA student at the Graduate School for Library
and Information Studies, the Hebrew University of
Jerusalem. I am currently involved in scientometric
research of contributors' productivity in the
Internet mailing lists. One of the major factors that
allegedly shape scholars' productivity is the reward
structure of modern science. Thus, scholars are said
to be motivated to publicize their results via papers,
monographs, patents, conference materials, research
reports etc., since their academic standing and/or
prestige benefits from this. What do you feel are the
gains of contributing to mailing lists, such as the
LINGUIST? How different/similar is publishing in the
Internet mailing list as compared to publishing in
other means of scholarly communication?

These questions may remind one of the "Ethics of
Web-Publishing" discussion held in the LINGUIST in
May-June 2001, so a few words of differentiation are
in due order. Please note that I am interested only in
Internet mailing lists and publishing/posting behavior
of their contributors, as opposed to e-journals,
web-versions of printed journals, preprint collections
etc. Ethical issues concern me only to the extent
they propel or impede one's desire to participate in
a mailing list. Again, I am interested to hear
first-hand opinions on why people feel it
necessary/contributing/beneficial to use such lists as
a communication means. 

I'll be thankful for any comment, and when done I'll
post a summary of responses. I encourage subscribers
to respond directly to me.

Thank you,
Victor Kuperman.
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Message 2: acquire/learn/teach English idioms and proverbs

Date: Tue, 11 Sep 2001 20:45:58 +0800
From: Thomas-Fuyin-LI <>
Subject: acquire/learn/teach English idioms and proverbs

Dear All
I have been working on a thesis which partly is about how to systematically
acquire/learn/teach English idioms and proverbs to ESL/EFL learners, I found
related literature is rare. If any of you knows something about this topic,
could you kindly give me some references, I'll post a summary when I have

Thanks in advance.

Thomas Li
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
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