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Chavalin Svetanant (チャワーリン・サウェッタナン・ชวาลิน เศวตนันทน์ ) is a Lecturer in Japanese Studies in the Department of International Studies, Macquarie University. She completed MA and PhD in 2003 at Kyoto University in Japanese linguistics. 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

  • Japanese/Thai Linguistics (Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis)
  • Cross-cultural Communication with particular interests in language, thought, and social behaviours in comparative cultural and historical contexts
  • Communication and Media Studies
  • 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 Linguistics, Social Semiotics, Education, and Cross-cultural Communication

Principal Supervisor PHD Thesis

  • 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

  • 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

  • Hideki Sumiyoshi, "The Effect of Shadowing Practice: A case study of Japanese language learners in an Australian University" (Awarded in 2014)



  • JPS201/JPS202 Intermediate Japanese I and II
  • JPS316 Intercultural Perspective: Japanese and English

  • JPS404/JPS404 Advanced Japanese III and IV

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language Social Sciences
discourse analysis Social Sciences
foreign language Social Sciences
discourse Social Sciences
political speech Social Sciences
linguistics Social Sciences
pragmatics Social Sciences
semantics Social Sciences

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Projects 2009 2017

Research Outputs 2006 2019

Multimodal engagement strategy focusing on a multi-layered voice concept: theory of persuasion in Japanese insurance TV commercials

Svetanant, C. & Okuizumi, K., 20 Jun 2019, In : Visual Communication. 36 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


Tracing the Thai 'heart': the semantic of a Thai ethonopsychological construct

Svetanant, C., 2019, Heart- and soul-like constructs across language, cultures, and epochs. Peeters, B. (ed.). New York ; London: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, p. 82-115 34 p. (Routledge Studies in Linguistics; no. 20).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review


Motivation and attitude towards shadowing: learners perspectives in Japanese as a foreign language

Sumiyoshi, H. & Svetanant, C., 2 Oct 2017, In : Asian-Pacific journal of second and foreign language education. 2, p. 1-21 21 p., 16.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
foreign language
psychological factors

What lies underneath a political speech? critical discourse analysis of Thai PM's political speeches aired on the TV programme Returning Happiness to the People

Carreon, J. R. & Svetanant, C., Jan 2017, In : Open Linguistics. 3, 1, p. 638-655 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
political speech
discourse analysis
military government


Svetanant, C., May 2017, In : Nichibunken. 59, p. 72-75 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access