Bibliometric Analysis of Intercultural Communication Textbooks for English Majors in China

Ruo-bing CHI


This paper takes a bibliometric approach to the disciplinary development of intercultural communication (IC, hereafter) in the FLT field in China. The cited works listed in eight intercultural communication textbooks in English (published in China from 2000 to 2009) are used as the units of analysis. Discussions are presented in regard to the information revealed by the amount, type, frequency, and content of the cited materials. Three suggestions then are provided for further developing IC into a strong academic discipline, namely to construct a widely accessible IC-featured literature database, to increase interdisciplinary exchanges of research outcomes and theoretical advances, and to facilitate more indigenous academic research.
Key words: intercultural communication; bibliometric analysis

Résumé: Ce document adopte une approche bibliométrique pour analyser le développement disciplinaire de la communication interculturelle (CI, ci-après) dans le domaine de l’enseignement de langue étrangère en Chine. Les œuvres citées listées dans huit manuels de la communication interculturelle en anglais (publiés en Chine de 2000 à 2009) sont utilisées comme les objets d'analyse. Des débats concernant les informations révélées par la quantité, le type, la fréquence et le contenu des manuels cités.sont présentés Trois suggestions sont ensuite fournies pour faire du développement ultérieur de CI une discipline académique forte, c’est-à-dire construire une base de données généralement accessible, multiplier les échanges interdisciplinaires des résultats de recherche et des progrès théoriques et faciliter la recherche universitaire.
Mots-clés : communication interculturelle; analyse bibliométrique

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