Research Status and Trends of Bakhtin's Semiotics in China: Visual Analysis Based on CiteSpace


  • Zhiguo Zhang
  • Thawascha Dechsubha
  • Zhiguo Zhang


With the help of CiteSpace visual analysis tool, this paper conducts an empirical study of 1323 Chinese literature on Bakhtin's semiotics from the database of China National Knowledge Network (CNKI). The number of published papers, the co-occurrence of authors, institutions and keywords, and the research frontier are analyzed to review the developing history of Bakhtin's semiotics in China, summarize its research status, point out its problems, and predict its future trend. The results are as follows: 1) The study on Bakhtin's semiotics in China has achieved fruitful results over the past 35 years. Its core research fields include Polyphonic Theory, Dialogue Theory and Carnival Theory; 2) A number of core scholars and institutions have emerged in China, but there is less cooperation between scholars and institutions, and no close academic cooperation network has been formed; 3) The research on Bakhtin's semiotics in China can be roughly divided into four stages, namely Low growth period (1987-1999), Fast growth period (1999-2009), High stable growth period (2009-2015) and High oscillation period (2015-2021). 4) Looking into the future, the localization of cultural semiotics and the construction of Chinese cultural semiotics have always been the direction of efforts of Chinese scholars. Carnival theory and chronotope theory will still be the research frontiers and hot spots in the future.