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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 the Department of Media, Communications, Creative Arts, Languages and Literature - Macquarie University. 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 cross-cultural communication, investigating the relationship between language, thought, and culture in comparative cultural contexts, as well as publishing academic works in semantics, discourse analysis, semiotics, and media studies.

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
  • Media Studies
  • Multimodal 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 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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Research Outputs

  • 4 Citations (Scopus)

    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).

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  • Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
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    Translated title of the contribution: 30th Anniversary of NichibunkenSvetanant, C., May 2017, In : Nichibunken. 59, p. 72-75 4 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access