Doctor Xiangdong Liu

Doctor Xiangdong Liu

Senior Lecturer,
Languages, Linguistics, I&T, TESOL


Dr Xiangdong Liu holds a BA from Beijing Foreign Studies University (China), an MA in Japanese Studies from University of Tsukuba (Japan) and a PhD in Japanese Linguistics from the University of Sydney (Australia). She also holds a Graduate Diploma in Interpreting and Translation (a NAATI approved course) from University of Western Sydney.

Her research interests are at the areas of Japanese linguistics, contrastive linguistics, intercultural communication, with a focus on pragmatics. Her teaching areas include Japanese language, linguistics, translation and interpreting. She was a winner of a UWS teaching award in 2014 and an Australian national teaching award in 2016.

Prior to her appointment at the University of Western Sydney, she worked as an interpreter and translator (Chinese <> Japanese) for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, and taught Japanese language at Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Australia. 

This information has been contributed by Doctor Liu.


  • PhD in Japanese Linguistics University of Sydney
  • BA Beijing Foreign Studies University
  • MA University of Tsukuba

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Languages, Linguistics, I&T, TESOL


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Location: EQ.1.39

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Previous Teaching Areas

  • 100086 Japanese 102, 2013
  • 100194 Introduction to Interpreting, 2013
  • 101695 Introduction to Interpreting PG, 2013
  • 101945 Introduction to Linguistics, 2013
  • 101952 Japanese 301, 2013
  • 101970 Japanese 304: Discourse in Japanese, 2013



  • Liu, X. (2008), 'The discourse functions of the modal auxiliaries wake da and no da in Japanese', : LINCOM EUROPA, Academic publications 9783895862960.

Chapters in Books

  • Liu, X. (2000), 'An investigation of cohesive function of Japanese modal auxiliary hazu da', New Directions in Japanese Linguistics: Papers of the 10th Biennial Conference of the Japanese Studies Association of Australia, Monash Asia Institute 0732611873.

Journal Articles

  • Allen, T. and Liu, X. (2022), 'The sociopragmatic activities and cultural significance of an izakaya', Journal of Asian Linguistic Anthropology, vol 4, no 1 , pp 29 - 51.
  • Liu, X. and Allen, T. (2022), 'Gengo shiyoo wa izakaya no igokochi no yosa ni donoyooni kookensuru ka : Supiichi reberu no shiten kara no koosatsu (How language use promotes comfort in an Izakaya : a linguistic investigation from the viewpoint of speech level)', (Nihon Bunka Gakuhoo) Journal of Japanese Culture, vol 92 , pp 379 - 390.
  • Liu, X. (2021), 'Japanese referent honorifics in computer-mediated communication', Language at Internet, vol 19 .
  • Cao, Y., Han, C., Liu, X. and Hale, A. (2021), ''She is like a Yakshini' : character construction via aggressive humour in Chinese sitcom discourse', European Journal of Humour Research, vol 9, no 4 , pp 110 - 130.
  • Zjakic, H., Han, C. and Liu, X. (2017), '"Get fit!" : the use of imperatives in Australian English gym advertisements on Facebook', Discourse, Context and Media, vol 16 , pp 12 - 21.
  • Liu, X. (2017), 'Impoliteness in reader comments on Japanese online news sites', International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics, vol 3, no 2 , pp 62 - 68.
  • Kawaguchi, S. and Liu, X. (2015), 'Oosutoraria Nihongo Kyooiku Kenkyuu Saizensen Oyobi Shoorai no Tenboo', Nihongo Kyoiku = Journal of Japanese Language Teaching, vol 160 , pp 26 - 29.
  • Liu, X. (2014), 'Expressions of propositional modality in Japanese and Chinese', Open Journal of Modern Linguistics, vol 4, no 1 , pp 142 - 149.
  • Liu, X. and Allen, T. (2014), 'A study of linguistic politeness in Japanese', Open Journal of Modern Linguistics, vol 4, no 5 , pp 651 - 663.
  • Liu, X. (1996), ''Wake da' bun ni kansuru ichikoosatsu', Nihongo Kyoiku = Journal of Japanese Language Teaching, vol 88, no 3 , pp 48 - 60.

Conference Papers

  • Liu, X. and Allen, T. (2021), 'What make Izakayas ideal places to release stress?', International Conference of the Korean Society of Japanese Culture, Hannam University.
  • Liu, X. (2010), 'The "" construction in Chinese and its Japanese counterparts', The 8th Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, Hawaii USA.
  • Liu, X. (2010), 'Chuugokugo no '' koobun no danwa kinoo : nihongo no 'no da' bun to taishooshite', The Pragmatics Society of Japan. Conference, Ryukoku University, Kyoto, Japan.
  • Liu, X. (2010), 'Nihongo no 'noda' to Chuugokugo no '' koobun', The Linguistic Society of Japan. Meeting, Tsukuba University, Ibaraki, Japan.
  • Liu, X. (2007), 'Disukoosu ni okeru 'wake da' no kinoo : kessokuteki goi rensa no kanten kara', Nihongo Gakkai 2007 , Okinawa, Japan.
  • Liu, X. (2004), ''Naze X wake ka' to 'naze X no ka' no sooi ni tsuite', Nendo Nihongo Kyooiku Gakkai Shuuki Taikai , Tokai University, Japan.
  • Liu, X. (2001), 'Teema tenkai no keitai kara mita 'wake da' to 'no da' no idoo', Nendo Nihongo Kyooiku Gakkai Shuuki Taikai, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Beppu, Japan.


Current Supervision

Thesis Title: The Realisation of Politeness Strategies in English Directives Among Members of Australian Ethnic Groups in Australia
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: A Sociolinguistic Investigation of Compliments and Compliment Responses among Young Saudis
Field of Research: Linguistics

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