Dr Melody Chang


School of Languages and Cultures
Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
+61 7 336 56399


Dr Chang's research interests lie in the fields of pragmatics, intercultural communication and business negotiation, with a focus on studying face, (im)politeness and humour. She is the author of face and face practices in Chinese talk-in-interactions: an empirical analysis of business interactions in Taiwan (2016, Equinox). She has also published a number of papers in edited volumes and international journals such as Journal of Pragmatics, Intercultural Pragmatics, International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language teaching, Journal of Politeness Research, Pragmatics, Multilingua, Lingua, and East Asian Pragmatics.

Her current research includes anaylsis of initial interactions in inter/intra-cultural settings and the role of humor in Australia-Chinese intercultural interactions.

Research Interests

  • Pragmatics
  • Intercultural communication
  • Applied linguistics


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Griffith University


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Book Chapter

  • Haugh, Michael and Chang, Wei-Lin Melody (2023). (Dis)agreeability in intercultural first conversations among Australian and Taiwanese university students. Negotiating intercultural relations: insights from linguistics, psychology, and intercultural education. (pp. 15-34) edited by Troy McConachy and Perry Hinton. London, United Kingdom: Bloomsbury Academic. doi: 10.5040/9781350276963.0009

  • Haugh, Michael and Chang, Wei-Lin Melody (2022). Sociopragmatics and intercultural interaction. The Cambridge handbook of intercultural pragmatics. (pp. 420-444) edited by Istvan Kecskes. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/9781108884303.017

  • Chang, Wei-Lin Melody and Haugh, Michael (2022). Chinese conversational humour over time: contemporary practice and tradition in Taiwanese cultures. Humour in Asian cultures: Tradition and Context. (pp. 188-210) edited by Jessica Milner Davis. Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781003176374-9

  • Ohashi, Jun and Chang, Wei-Lin Melody (2017). (Im)politeness and relationality. The Palgrave handbook of linguistic (im)politeness. (pp. 257-285) edited by Jonathan Culpeper, Michael Haugh and Daniel Z. Kadar. London, United Kingdom: Springer. doi: 10.1057/978-1-137-37508-7_11

  • Chang, Wei-Lin Melody and Haugh, Michael (2017). Intercultural communicative competence and emotion among second language learners of Chinese. Key issues in Chinese as a second language research. (pp. 267-286) edited by Istvan Kecskes and Chaofen Sun. New York, United States: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781315660264-12

  • Haugh, Michael and Chang, Wei-Lin Melody (2015). Troubles talk, (dis)affiliation and the participation order in Taiwanese-Chinese online discussion boards. Participation in public and social media interactions. (pp. 99-133) edited by Marta Dynel and Jan Chovanec. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: John Benjamins Publishing Company.

  • Chang, Wei-Lin Melody and Haugh, Michael (2013). 'Face' in Taiwanese business interactions: from emic concepts to emic practices. Chinese discourse and interaction. (pp. 126-150) edited by Yuling Pan and Daniel Z. Kadar. Bristol, United Kingdom: Equinox Publishing.

  • Haugh, Michael and Chang, Wei-Lin Melody (2013). Collaborative creation of spoken language corpora. Pragmatics language learning. (pp. 133-159) edited by Tim Greer, Donna Tatsuki and Carsten Roever. Honolulu, HI, United States: National Foreign Language Resource Center.

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Conference Publication

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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Completed Supervision