Research Article

A Bibliometric Review of World Englishes (2010-2020)


  • Li Quan Postgraduate student, School of Foreign Languages, Ocean University of China, Qingdao, China; Postgraduate student, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Macau, Macau, China


This study conducts a bibliometric review of World Englishes (WE) from 2010 to 2020 using CiteSpace. Based on the articles in the four leading journals of WE retrieved from the Web of Science (WoS) database, several findings have been found. First, the number of articles has been gradually increasing from 2010 to 2020, with its citation frequency increasing enormously. Second, the landmark articles in WE research mainly focus on two aspects: the reconceptualization of theoretical frameworks, and the study of English varieties, with an emphasis on English in China. Third, WE research over the past decade includes four major areas: the study of Asian Englishes; language ideology, perceptions, and attitudes toward WE; WE in social media and popular culture; and English as a Lingua Franca (ELF).

Article information


International Journal of Linguistics, Literature and Translation

Volume (Issue)

4 (12)





How to Cite

Quan, L. (2021). A Bibliometric Review of World Englishes (2010-2020). International Journal of Linguistics, Literature and Translation, 4(12), 47–54.



World Englishes, bibliometric analysis, CiteSpace, landmark articles, research areas, English in China