Linguistics and Library and Information Science (LIS) are both interdisciplinary fields that draws from areas such as languages, psychology, sociology, cognitive science, computer science, anthropology, education, and management. The theories and methods of linguistic research can have significant explanatory power for LIS. This article presents a research agenda for LIS that proposes the use of linguistic analysis methods, including discourse analysis, typology, and genre theory.

About Author

Mary K. Bolin, PhD, is Professor and Catalog and Metadata Librarian at the University of Nebraska--Lincoln, as well as a Lecturer in the School of Information at San Jose State University. She is one of the founding editors of the open access, peer-reviewed e-journal Library Philosophy and Practice.