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Themes and Knowledge Maps for the Study of the Origins of Human Languages

On the basis of viewpoints of bibliometrics and taking the literature of Web of Science core collection as data sources, this study develops a knowledge map on the trend of publication, distribution of disciplines, distribution of journals, research hotspots and fronts of academic research concerning the topic of the origins of human languages. In this way, a panoramic interpretation is performed on this basis. It is revealed that research concerning the origin of human languages has demonstrated an overall upward trend, with a rapid growth since 2012; the topic of the language origins has attracted the attention of authoritative academic positions, with the issue having gained substantial academic support. The research hotspots of language origin are concentrated in molecular biology, neurology and linguistics, while the relevant fields attach importance to the application of specialized theories and techniques to probe the issue of language origin. The follow-up research concerning the language origin can take breakthroughs in various aspects such as disciplinary accumulation, research perspectives, research methods, and research directions, thereby expanding the space for academic development. The exploration of the origin of language has never been an exclusive issue of linguistics or a certain discipline, only through interdisciplinary cooperation can we better solve the problem of the origin of language. Fundamentally, the origin of language is not just a question about language, the study of this issue will help us to better explore human beings themselves.

Language Origin, Knowledge Map, CiteSpace, Web of Science

APA Style

Li, J. (2023). Themes and Knowledge Maps for the Study of the Origins of Human Languages. Humanities and Social Sciences, 11(6), 231-239.

ACS Style

Li, J. Themes and Knowledge Maps for the Study of the Origins of Human Languages. Humanit. Soc. Sci. 2023, 11(6), 231-239. doi: 10.11648/j.hss.20231106.17

AMA Style

Li J. Themes and Knowledge Maps for the Study of the Origins of Human Languages. Humanit Soc Sci. 2023;11(6):231-239. doi: 10.11648/j.hss.20231106.17

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