Global English in Theoretical Mathematics: Citation Analysis
Dr. Anna Friedman

The article presents the results of the analysis of English in Math as an academic discipline claiming that English is currently the undisputed language of science and technology replacing the vernacular in scientific journals in many countries. The research reports on the percentage of the cited resources in English and other European languages used in the articles published in the leading American and European journals in the field of Theoretical Mathematics throughout the decade 2000-2010. The data includes 3499 citations from 179 articles. Only papers written in the same language as the language of the country in which this journal is published were analyzed. The categories of the citations are books and articles in English, German, French, and Italian. The findings show the follows: among Americans there is a tendency of decrease of English cited resources during the period from 2000 till 2010 - the continuing use of foreign-language sources by American scholars in these fields have been noted. Among other nations such as Germans, French and Italians, English remains the dominant language, and the continuing increase of the number of the cited resources in English has been observed, and the low use of foreign-language resources has been noted.

Full Text: PDF     DOI: 10.15640/jlis.v7n1a1