Associate Professor Marisa Cordella-Masini

Associate Professor

School of Languages and Cultures
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
+61 7 336 56935


Marisa Cordella is an Associate Professor in Spanish linguistics. She holds a PhD in Linguistics from Monash University, an MA and Graduate Diploma in TESOL from the University of Canberra and a BA in translating and interpreting from Chile. Her area of expertise is discourse analysis and she has carried out cross-disciplinary research projects in collaboration with colleagues from Medicine and Psychology both in Australia and abroad. Marisa has led many research groups as well as the Spanish Programs at Monash University and the University of Queensland and she is currently Director of Studies in the School of Languages and Cultures.

She has published widely in peer-review journals, book chapters and is author of two books on discourse analysis and medical communication (one sole and one co-authored) and recently published a co-edited book on intergenerational and intercultural communication. Her research expertise and postgraduate supervision are in the areas of discourse analysis, intercultural and intergenerational communication, medical communication, ageing across cultures and translation studies.

Research Interests

  • Research interests
    Discourse analysis, medical communication, intercultural communication, teaching methodologies and translation studies


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University
  • Master of Arts, University of Canberra
  • Graduate Diploma in TESOL, Canberra College of Advanced Education
  • Bachelor of Arts, Centro de Formación Técnica - Escuela Latinoamericana de Intérpretes


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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Book Chapter

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Cordella, Marisa and Normand-Marconnet, Nadine (2012). Enhancing motivation for writing in a foreign language: Blogging in Spanish and French. In: John Hajek, Colin Nettelbeck and Anya Woods, The Next Step: Introducing the Languages and Cultures Network for Australian Universities. Selected Proceedings of the Inaugural LCNAU Colloquium. LCNAU: Language and Cultures Network for Australian Universities Inaugural Colloquium 2011, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, (237-250). 26-28 September, 2011.

  • Mistica, Meladel, Baldwin, Timothy, Cordella, Marisa and Musgrave, Simon (2008). Applying discourse analysis and data mining methods to spoken OSCE assessments. In: Proceedings of 22nd International Conference on Computational Linguistics. 22nd International Conference on Computational Linguistics, Stroudsberg, PA, United States, (577-584). 18-22 August 2008.

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor