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Research interests

My research interests mainly lie in three areas.

  • The role of translators in the written interaction. I have invesitgated how translators relay expert-lay interaction in the genre of popular science by focusing on the patterns of interactive linguistic features, such as hedges, deixis, conjunctions, personal pronouns. The research also further relates the translation strategies to how the genre, the translation of the genre, and the science translators are perceived in the society.
  • Interactive features in Chinese. I am conducting a diachronic study of how English or the translations from the English have influenced the interactive features in the Chinese popular science texts by following the development of the genre for four decades, with the focus on speech acts and politeness features in the Q&A column in Taiwanese science magazines.
  • Translation of cultural objects in the multimodal museum space. The research investigates how the translators interact with other participants in the museum communication, and argues the discursive power of translations in interpreting and shaping the value of cultural objects from a different perspective.


PhD in Translation Studies, Heriot-Watt University.
MAS in Interpreter Training, University of Geneva
MA in Applied Translation Studies, University of Leeds
BA in Foreign Literature and Languages, National Tsing-Hua University

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museum Social Sciences
memorial Social Sciences
science Social Sciences
magazine Social Sciences
genre Social Sciences
narration Social Sciences
Taiwan Social Sciences
national identity Social Sciences

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Research Output 2010 2019

Open Access
Religious Life

Museums and Creative Industries: The Contribution of Translation Studies

Liao, M-H., 1 Jan 2018, In : The Journal of Specialised Translation. 29, p. 45-62 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Translation Studies
Creative Industries
Translation Practice
Museum Professionals

The “Second” Bride: The Retranslation of Romance Novels

Lee, Z-Y. & Liao, M-H., 2018, In : Babel. 64, 2, p. 186-204 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Tourism Translation

Liao, M-H., Aug 2018, An Encyclopaedia of Practical Translation and Interpreting. Chan, S. (ed.). Hong Kong: Chinese University Press, p. 271-296 26 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

National Identity, International Visitors: Narration and Translation of the Memorial Museum

Chen, C-L. & Liao, M-H., 31 Mar 2017, In : Museum and Society. 15, 1, p. 56-68 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
national identity

Activities 2007 2018

  • 11 Participation in conference
  • 7 Invited talk
  • 3 Other

Invited Talk at University of Manchester

Min-Hsiu Liao (Invited speaker)
25 Oct 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Invited Talk at Roehampton University

Min-Hsiu Liao (Invited speaker)
10 Dec 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Guest Lecturing at University of Stirling

Min-Hsiu Liao (Invited speaker)
22 Aug 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

IATIS 6th International Conference 2018

Min-Hsiu Liao (Speaker)
3 Jul 20186 Jul 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Invited Talk at Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

Min-Hsiu Liao (Invited speaker)
5 Jun 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk