Dr Melody Chang


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


Dr Chang is Lecturer in Chinese at the University of Queensland. She earned her PhD in Linguistics in 2013. The PhD thesis is entitled ‘face and face practices in Chinese talk-in-interactions: an empirical analysis of business interactions in Taiwan’, which focuses on the interactional aspect of face in business contexts in Chinese. She is also involved in the research project of Humour in Taiwan funded by Chiang-Ching Kuo foundation for three years (2016-2019), aiming to study the norms and practices of humour in Taiwan.

Research Interests

  • Pragmatics
  • Intercultural communication
  • Applied linguistics


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Griffith University


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Book Chapter

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

  • Haugh, Michael and Chang, Wei-Lin Melody (2015). Troubles talk, (dis)affiliation and the participation order in Taiwanese-Chinese online discussion boards. In Marta Dynel and Jan Chovanec (Ed.), Participation in public and social media interactions (pp. 99-133) 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. In Yuling Pan and Daniel Z. Kadar (Ed.), Chinese discourse and interaction (pp. 126-150) Bristol, United Kingdom: Equinox Publishing.

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

Journal Article