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Analysis of the Current Situation and Trend of Eye Movement Research in Second Language Reading

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DOI: 10.25236/icfmhss.2022.029


Wang Yanlin, Wu Yuxin, Huang Ling

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Huang Ling


This paper reviews 148 L2 related eye-tracking literature from 2002 to 2022 retrieved from Web of Science (WOS) core collection, and uses the software Citespace and its mapping knowledge domains method to sort out the research hotspots of eye-tracking technology of second language reading. It is found that eye-tracking research in second language reading was in its developing stage and showed obvious characteristics of multi-disciplinary cross-integration. Through the analysis of keyword frequency and co-occurrence, it was found that the thematic hotspots of this period were the impact of input of learning materials and learner factors on second language reading and high- and low-level processing in second language reading. At the same time, keyword burstiness analysis shows that the research frontiers in the past five years are mainly in two aspects: the influence of different factors on the text comprehension of second language reading and the incidental vocabulary acquisition in second language reading. However, it is expected that there will be more academic outcomes in the research field.


Eye-tracking technology; second language reading; Citespace; Mapping knowledge Domains