, Volume 56, Issue 3, pp 417–432 | Cite as

Linguistic patterns of academic Web use in Western Europe

  • Mike Thelwall
  • Rong Tang
  • Liz Price


A survey of linguistic dimensions of Web site hosting and interlinking of the universities of sixteen European countries is described. The results show that English is the dominant language both for linking pages and for all pages. In a typical country approximately half the pages were in English and half in one or more national languages. Normalised interlinking patterns showed three trends: 1) international interlinking throughout Europe in English, and additionally in Swedish in Scandinavia; 2) linking between countries sharing a common language, and 3) countries extensively hosting international links in their own major languages. This provides evidence for the multilingual character of academic use of the Web in Western Europe, at least outside the UK and Eire. Evidence was found that Greece was significantly linguistically isolated from the rest of the EU but that outsiders Norway and Switzerland were not.


Official Language Scholarly Communication International Link Dominant Language Major Language 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mike Thelwall
    • 1
  • Rong Tang
    • 2
  • Liz Price
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Computing and Information TechnologyUniversity of WolverhamptonUK
  2. 2.School of Information Science and PolicyUniversity at Albany SUNYAlbanyUSA

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