A Scientific Approach to Code-Switching Studies via Bibliometric Analysis

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LILA: Linguistics and Language Conference, Istanbul., İstanbul, Turkey, 29 June 2015, pp.187-195

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: İstanbul
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.187-195


A considerable amount of literature has been published on code-switching (CS
hereafter) since the study of it has been on the spotlight for several disciplines and
contexts which range from sociolinguistics and anthropology to discourse analysis
and conversation analysis, from bilingual classrooms to EFL classrooms. This variety
demonstrates that CS has gained ground and grown popular in many disciplines
in various forms and aspects. In order to shed light upon this phenomenon in a
specific manner, bibliometric analysis was chosen to analyse this phenomenon.
Therefore, the current research aimed at identifying various trends in the field
of code-switching. In the identification of emerging trends and patterns in codeswitching,
Scopus database was systematically scanned to obtain relevant results
for code-switching. The year range was set from 1960 to 2015 (April). Using the
keyword “code-switching” as a search criterion, the data set was searched in terms
of the number and year-wise distribution of documents, forms of documents,
source, affiliation, country, and subject area. In the light of the findings of this
research, a number of implications regarding code-switching phenomenon and the
importance of bibliometric analysis are provided for future studies.
Key words: Code-switching, bibliometric analysis, Scopus database