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Chavalin Svetanant (チャワーリン・サウェッタナン・ชวาลิน เศวตนันทน์ ) is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Media, Communications, Creative Arts, Language and Literature, Macquarie University, and member of the Multilingual Research Centre.

She completed MA and PhD in 2003 at Kyoto University in linguistics focusing on Japanese and Thai. She has a particular interest in the intersection of language and culture, working in the area of media and communication studies in comparative cultural contexts, as well as publishing academic works in corpus linguistics, semantics, and multimodal discourse analysis.

Before joining Macquarie in 2008, Chavalin was an Assistant Professor at the Department of Eastern Languages, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok; and a visiting research scholar at the Japanese Research Centre for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken) in Kyoto.

Research interests

  • Cross-cultural Media and Communication Studies
  • Multimodal Discourse Analysis
  • Japanese/Thai Linguistics (Corpus Linguistics, Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis)
  • Japanese Language Education (Japanese as a Foreign Language, Cooperative Learning, e-Learning, Kanji Learning)

Research student supervision

Areas of HDR Supervision:

Open for postgraduate supervision on topics related to research interests including but not limited to Cross-cultural Media and Communication Studies, Multimodal Discourse Analysis, Linguistics, Social Semiotics, and Japanese Language Education.

Principal Supervisor PHD Thesis

  • Angela Turzynaski-Azimi, "The representation of foreigners in Japanese newspaper discourse" (Ongoing)

  • Hideki Sumiyoshi, "The effect of shadowing practice: The case study of Japanese language learners in an Australian university" (Awarded in 2018) 

  • Simon Paxton, "Tackling the kanji hurdle: An investigation of kanji order and its role in facilitating the kanji learning process" (Awarded in 2016)

Associate Supervisor PHD Thesis

  • Lyndell Nagashima, "Intercultural competence development of university students in Japan" (Ongoing)

  • Vu (Tung) Tien Tung, "Conceptual metaphors in the U.S. online newspapers at the time of the United States 2020 presidential election" (Ongoing)

  • Nicole Mutlow, "Exploring language attitudes in a German-English bilingual school in Australia: A case study with a mixed methods approach" (Awarded in 2021)

  • Sung-Ae Lee, "Constructions of Korean identity in fiction and film after the Korean war" (Awarded in 2016)

  • Damien Liu-Brennan, "Edo no hanabi: the Japanese observance of 'fire-flowers' and the birth of a unique seasonal fireworks culture' (Awarded in 2013)

Principal Supervisor MRes Thesis

  • Jiayang (Ken) Hu, "Decoding multilingual social space: A case study of Chinese characters in Burwood Rd and Beamish St" (Ongoing)

  • Hideki Sumiyoshi, "The effect of shadowing practice: A case study of Japanese language learners in an Australian University" (Awarded in 2014)


  • JPNS2010 Japanese Studies 3
  • JPNS2020 Japanese Studies 4
  • INTS2001 Language in Use
  • ARTS1000 Humanities and the World


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