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Dr. Xiaofang Yao

Lecturer, TESOL

Pathways, Humanities and Social Sciences



Berwick Campus, Online

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Xiaofang is an applied linguist working in the Institute of Education, Arts and Community. She joined Federation University Australia in 2022. Previously, Xiaofang worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Swinburne University of Technology. She is an Affiliate Researcher of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision Making and Society. She is also a NAATI certified translator and interpreter (Chinese and English) practicing in both China and Australia.

Xiaofang works across a variety of areas in the fields of applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, and discourse analysis. She has a special interest into the translanguaging practices of migrant communities, and the phenomenon known as Linguistic Landscape or Semiotic Landscape in multilingual societies.

Xiaofang has published in the areas of language and space/place, culture, identity and power especially with diaspora Chinese community in Victoria, Australia. Along with this, she has broad research interests in other facets of language use, including language learning and teaching, language assessment, translation and interpreting, and digital methods to analysing languages.

Having received training in both qualitative and quantitative research methods, she sees her research as situating at the intersection of language, culture and community. Her research monograph “Power, affect and identity in the linguistic landscape: Chinese communities in Australia and beyond” is to appear in the Routledge Studies in Sociolinguistics series.

Implicit language policy in ethnic minority migrant community in urban China: a study of the linguistic landscape of “Little Lhasa”

Commodification or shared ownership? A case study of Chinese communities in the linguistic landscape of Bendigo

Crossing borders: A journey towards expanding linguistic landscapes in Asia and Oceania

Face masks, materiality and exclusion in the COVID-19 semiotic landscape

Metrolingualism in online linguistic landscapes

Developing data capability with non-profit organisations using participatory methods

Leisure Lives and Children’s Play: A Tale of Two Ideals

Power through the semiotic landscape

Tourism, commodification of Dongba script and perceptions of the Naxi minority in the linguistic landscape of Lijiang: A diachronic perspective

A layered investigation of Chinese in the linguistic landscape: A case study of Box Hill, Melbourne

Material narration of nostalgia: The linguistic landscape of a rural township in australia