Associate Professor Lisa Lim

A20 - John Woolley Building
The University of Sydney


Biographical details

Lisa Lim is Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Sydney, having previously held professoriate positions at the National University of Singapore, the University of Amsterdam, and most recently at the University of Hong Kong, where she was Head of the School of English from 2016-2018. Her interests centre around: language contact and evolution, in particular in New Englishes, especially Asian varieties in multilingual ecologies, such as Singapore and Hong Kong; issues of language shift, endangerment, revitalisation, and post-vernacular vitality in minority and endangered language communities, such as the Peranakans in Singapore and the Malays of Sri Lanka; and the sociolinguistics of globalisation, with interests in mobility, urban multilingualism, computer-mediated communication, and their impact on contact dynamics. Recent books include Languages in Contact (Cambridge University Press, 2016, with Umberto Ansaldo), The Multilingual Citizen (Multilingual Matters, 2018, co-edited); and she is founding co-editor (with Umberto Ansaldo) of the journal Language Ecology. One of her most engaging projects, since 2016, is her fortnightly ‘Language Matters’ column for the South China Morning Post’s Sunday Post Magazine. She occasionally tweets @LisaLimLiSu.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Lim, L., Ansaldo, U. (2015). Languages in Contact. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [More Information]
  • Lim, L. (2007). A concise Sri Lankan Malay dictionary: 'Kamus ringkas bahasa Melayu Sri Lanka'. Dehiwela, Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka Malay Documentation Project.

Edited Books

  • Lim, L., Stroud, C., Wee, L. (2018). The Multilingual Citizen: Towards a Politics of Language for Agency and Change. Bristol: Multilingual Matters. [More Information]
  • Wee, L., Goh, R., Lim, L. (2013). Politics of English: South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Asia Pacific. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: John Benjamins Publishing Co. [More Information]
  • Lim, L., Gisborne, N. (2011). The Typology of Asian Englishes. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company. [More Information]
  • Lim, L., Pakir, A., Wee, L. (2010). English in Singapore: Modernity and Management. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.
  • Lim, L., Low, E. (2009). Multilingual, globalizing Asia: implications for policy and education. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: John Benjamins Publishing Co. [More Information]
  • Ansaldo, U., Matthews, S., Lim, L. (2007). Deconstructing Creole. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company. [More Information]
  • Lim, L. (2004). Singapore English: A grammatical description. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: John Benjamins Publishing Company. [More Information]

Book Chapters

  • Ansaldo, U., Lim, L. (2018). Citizenship theory and fieldwork practice in Sri Lanka Malay communities. In Lisa Lim, Christopher Stroud and Lionel Wee (Eds.), The Multilingual Citizen: Towards a Politics of Language for Agency and Change, (pp. 193-220). Bristol: Multilingual Matters. [More Information]
  • Lim, L. (2016). Multilingual mediators: The (Continuing) role of the peranakans in the contact dynamics of Singapore. In Li Wei (Eds.), Multilingualism in the Chinese Diaspora Worldwide: Transnational Connections and Local Social Realities, (pp. 216-233). New York: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Lim, L. (2016). The art of losing: Beyond java, patois and postvernacular vitality - Repositioning the periphery in global Asian ecologies. In Luna Filipovic, Martin Putz (Eds.), Endangered Languages and Languages in Danger: Issues of documentation, policy, and language rights, (pp. 283-312). Amsterdam, The Netherlands: John Benjamins Publishing Company. [More Information]
  • Lim, L. (2015). Singapore: Language Situation. In Rint Sybesma, Wolfgang Behr, Yueguo Gu, Zev Handel, Cheng-Teh James Huang, James (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill. [More Information]
  • Lim, L. (2015). Singlish. In Rint Sybesma, Wolfgang Behr, Yueguo Gu, Zev Handel, Cheng-Teh James Huang, James (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill. [More Information]
  • Lim, L. (2014). Southeast Asia. In Markku Filppula, Juhani Klemola, Devyani Sharma (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of World Englishes. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
  • Lim, L. (2014). Yesterday's founder population, today's Englishes - The role of the Perankans in the (continuing) evolution of Singapore English. In Sarah Buschfeld, Thomas Hoffmann, Magnus Huber, Alexander Kautzsch (Eds.), The Evolution of Englishes: The Dynamic Model and beyond, (pp. 401-419). Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company.
  • Wee, L., Lim, L., Goh, R. (2013). Conclusion. In Lionel Wee, Robbie B.H. Goh, Lisa Lim (Eds.), Politics of English: South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Asia Pacific, (pp. 303-316). Amsterdam, The Netherlands: John Benjamins Publishing Co.
  • Ansaldo, U., Lim, L. (2013). English in Asia. In Raymond Hickey (Eds.), Areal Features of the Anglophone World, (pp. 187-210). Berlin and Boston: De Gruyter. [More Information]
  • Lim, L. (2013). Kaduva of privileged power, instrument of rural empowerment?: The politics of English (and Sinhala and Tamil) in Sri Lanka. In Lionel Wee, Robbie B.H. Goh, Lisa Lim (Eds.), Politics of English: South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Asia Pacific, (pp. 61-80). Amsterdam, The Netherlands: John Benjamins Publishing Co.
  • Lim, L., Ansaldo, U. (2012). Contact in the Asian arena. In Terttu Nevalainen and Elizabeth Closs Traugott (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of the History of English. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [More Information]
  • Lim, L. (2011). Revisiting English prosody: (Some) New Englishes as tone languages? In Nikolas Gisborne and Lisa Lim (Eds.), The Typology of Asian Englishes, (pp. 97-118). Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company.
  • Lim, L., Pakir, A., Wee, L. (2010). English in Singapore: Policies and prospects. In Lisa Lim, Anne Pakir, Lionel Wee (Eds.), English in Singapore: Modernity and Management, (pp. 3-8). Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.
  • Lim, L. (2010). Migrants and 'mother tongues': Extralinguistic forces in the ecology of English in Singapore. In Lisa Lim, Anne Pakir, Lionel Wee (Eds.), English in Singapore: Modernity and Management, (pp. 19-54). Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.
  • Lim, L. (2010). Peranakan English in Singapore. In Daniel Schreier, Peter Trudgill, Edgar W. Schneider, Jeffrey P. Williams (Eds.), The Lesser-Known Varieties of English: An Introduction, (pp. 327-347). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. [More Information]
  • Lim, L. (2010). Standards of english in South-East Asia. In Raymond Hickey (Eds.), Standards of English: Codified Varieties Around the World, (pp. 274-293). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. [More Information]

Journals

  • Lim, L. (2015). Coming of age, coming full circle: The (re)positioning of (Singapore) English and multilingualism in Singapore at 50. Asian Englishes, 17(3), 261-270. [More Information]
  • Ansaldo, U., Lim, L. (2014). The Lifecycle of Sri Lanka Malay. Language Documentation and Conservation, Special Publication No. 7, 100-118. [More Information]
  • Lim, L. (2013). Yamuna Kachru: Obituary. English World-Wide: a journal of varieties of English, 34(3), 387-389.
  • Lim, L., Low, L. (2009). AILA Review: Introduction. AILA Review, 22(1), 1-4. [More Information]
  • Lim, L. (2009). Beyond fear and loathing in SG: The real mother tongues and language policies in multilingual Singapore. AILA Review, 22(1), 52-71. [More Information]
  • Lim, L. (2009). Revisiting English prosody (some) New Englishes as tone languages? English World-Wide: a journal of varieties of English, 30(2), 218-239. [More Information]
  • Lim, L., Gisborne, N. (2009). The typology of Asian Englishes: Setting the agenda. English World-Wide: a journal of varieties of English, 30(2), 123-132. [More Information]
  • Lim, L. (2008). Dynamic multilingual ecologies of asian englishes. Asian Englishes, 11(1), 52-55. [More Information]
  • Lim, L. (2008). Erratum: Mergers and acquisitions: On the ages and origins of Singapore English particles (World Englishes vol. 26 (4)). World Englishes: journal of English as an international and intranational language, 27(1), 160-160. [More Information]
  • Lim, L. (2007). Mergers and acquisitions: On the ages and origins of Singapore English particles. World Englishes: journal of English as an international and intranational language, 26(4), 446-473. [More Information]
  • Ansaldo, U., Lim, L. (2006). Globalisation, empowerment and the periphery: The Malays of Sri Lanka. Spine.
  • Lim, L., Ansaldo, U. (2006). Keeping Kirinda vital: The endangerment-empowerment dilemma in the documentation of Sri Lanka Malay. ACLC Working Papers, 1, 51-66.
  • Lim, L. (2002). Review: Peter Ladefoged, A Course in Phonetics (4th edn.). Orlando, FL: Harcourt, Inc., 2001. ISBN 0-15-507319-2. Journal of the International Phonetic Association, 32(1), 79-87. [More Information]
  • Fong, V., Lim, L., Wee, L. (2002). �Singlish�: Used and abused. Asian Englishes, 5(1), 18-39. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Ansaldo, U., Lim, L., Nordhoff, S. (2005). Sri Lanka Malay - Past, Present and Future. 10th International Conference on Sri Lanka Studies (ICSLS), Kelaniya, Sri Lanka: University of Kelaniya, Sri lanka.
  • Lim, L., Tan, Y. (2001). How are we stressed?! Phonetic correlates and stress placement in Singapore English. PTLC 2001: Phonetics Teaching & Learning Conference, London, UK: UCL Press.

Other

  • Lim, L. (2015), Catalysts for change: On the evolution of new contact varieties in the multilingual knowledge economy [unpublished manuscript].

2018

  • Ansaldo, U., Lim, L. (2018). Citizenship theory and fieldwork practice in Sri Lanka Malay communities. In Lisa Lim, Christopher Stroud and Lionel Wee (Eds.), The Multilingual Citizen: Towards a Politics of Language for Agency and Change, (pp. 193-220). Bristol: Multilingual Matters. [More Information]
  • Lim, L., Stroud, C., Wee, L. (2018). The Multilingual Citizen: Towards a Politics of Language for Agency and Change. Bristol: Multilingual Matters. [More Information]

2016

  • Lim, L. (2016). Multilingual mediators: The (Continuing) role of the peranakans in the contact dynamics of Singapore. In Li Wei (Eds.), Multilingualism in the Chinese Diaspora Worldwide: Transnational Connections and Local Social Realities, (pp. 216-233). New York: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Lim, L. (2016). The art of losing: Beyond java, patois and postvernacular vitality - Repositioning the periphery in global Asian ecologies. In Luna Filipovic, Martin Putz (Eds.), Endangered Languages and Languages in Danger: Issues of documentation, policy, and language rights, (pp. 283-312). Amsterdam, The Netherlands: John Benjamins Publishing Company. [More Information]

2015

  • Lim, L. (2015), Catalysts for change: On the evolution of new contact varieties in the multilingual knowledge economy [unpublished manuscript].
  • Lim, L. (2015). Coming of age, coming full circle: The (re)positioning of (Singapore) English and multilingualism in Singapore at 50. Asian Englishes, 17(3), 261-270. [More Information]
  • Lim, L., Ansaldo, U. (2015). Languages in Contact. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [More Information]
  • Lim, L. (2015). Singapore: Language Situation. In Rint Sybesma, Wolfgang Behr, Yueguo Gu, Zev Handel, Cheng-Teh James Huang, James (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill. [More Information]
  • Lim, L. (2015). Singlish. In Rint Sybesma, Wolfgang Behr, Yueguo Gu, Zev Handel, Cheng-Teh James Huang, James (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill. [More Information]

2014

  • Lim, L. (2014). Southeast Asia. In Markku Filppula, Juhani Klemola, Devyani Sharma (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of World Englishes. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
  • Ansaldo, U., Lim, L. (2014). The Lifecycle of Sri Lanka Malay. Language Documentation and Conservation, Special Publication No. 7, 100-118. [More Information]
  • Lim, L. (2014). Yesterday's founder population, today's Englishes - The role of the Perankans in the (continuing) evolution of Singapore English. In Sarah Buschfeld, Thomas Hoffmann, Magnus Huber, Alexander Kautzsch (Eds.), The Evolution of Englishes: The Dynamic Model and beyond, (pp. 401-419). Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company.

2013

  • Wee, L., Lim, L., Goh, R. (2013). Conclusion. In Lionel Wee, Robbie B.H. Goh, Lisa Lim (Eds.), Politics of English: South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Asia Pacific, (pp. 303-316). Amsterdam, The Netherlands: John Benjamins Publishing Co.
  • Ansaldo, U., Lim, L. (2013). English in Asia. In Raymond Hickey (Eds.), Areal Features of the Anglophone World, (pp. 187-210). Berlin and Boston: De Gruyter. [More Information]
  • Lim, L. (2013). Kaduva of privileged power, instrument of rural empowerment?: The politics of English (and Sinhala and Tamil) in Sri Lanka. In Lionel Wee, Robbie B.H. Goh, Lisa Lim (Eds.), Politics of English: South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Asia Pacific, (pp. 61-80). Amsterdam, The Netherlands: John Benjamins Publishing Co.
  • Wee, L., Goh, R., Lim, L. (2013). Politics of English: South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Asia Pacific. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: John Benjamins Publishing Co. [More Information]
  • Lim, L. (2013). Yamuna Kachru: Obituary. English World-Wide: a journal of varieties of English, 34(3), 387-389.

2012

  • Lim, L., Ansaldo, U. (2012). Contact in the Asian arena. In Terttu Nevalainen and Elizabeth Closs Traugott (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of the History of English. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [More Information]

2011

  • Lim, L. (2011). Revisiting English prosody: (Some) New Englishes as tone languages? In Nikolas Gisborne and Lisa Lim (Eds.), The Typology of Asian Englishes, (pp. 97-118). Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company.
  • Lim, L., Gisborne, N. (2011). The Typology of Asian Englishes. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company. [More Information]

2010

  • Lim, L., Pakir, A., Wee, L. (2010). English in Singapore: Modernity and Management. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.
  • Lim, L., Pakir, A., Wee, L. (2010). English in Singapore: Policies and prospects. In Lisa Lim, Anne Pakir, Lionel Wee (Eds.), English in Singapore: Modernity and Management, (pp. 3-8). Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.
  • Lim, L. (2010). Migrants and 'mother tongues': Extralinguistic forces in the ecology of English in Singapore. In Lisa Lim, Anne Pakir, Lionel Wee (Eds.), English in Singapore: Modernity and Management, (pp. 19-54). Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.
  • Lim, L. (2010). Peranakan English in Singapore. In Daniel Schreier, Peter Trudgill, Edgar W. Schneider, Jeffrey P. Williams (Eds.), The Lesser-Known Varieties of English: An Introduction, (pp. 327-347). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. [More Information]
  • Lim, L. (2010). Standards of english in South-East Asia. In Raymond Hickey (Eds.), Standards of English: Codified Varieties Around the World, (pp. 274-293). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. [More Information]

2009

  • Lim, L., Low, L. (2009). AILA Review: Introduction. AILA Review, 22(1), 1-4. [More Information]
  • Lim, L. (2009). Beyond fear and loathing in SG: The real mother tongues and language policies in multilingual Singapore. AILA Review, 22(1), 52-71. [More Information]
  • Lim, L., Low, E. (2009). Multilingual, globalizing Asia: implications for policy and education. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: John Benjamins Publishing Co. [More Information]
  • Lim, L. (2009). Revisiting English prosody (some) New Englishes as tone languages? English World-Wide: a journal of varieties of English, 30(2), 218-239. [More Information]
  • Lim, L., Gisborne, N. (2009). The typology of Asian Englishes: Setting the agenda. English World-Wide: a journal of varieties of English, 30(2), 123-132. [More Information]

2008

  • Lim, L. (2008). Dynamic multilingual ecologies of asian englishes. Asian Englishes, 11(1), 52-55. [More Information]
  • Lim, L. (2008). Erratum: Mergers and acquisitions: On the ages and origins of Singapore English particles (World Englishes vol. 26 (4)). World Englishes: journal of English as an international and intranational language, 27(1), 160-160. [More Information]

2007

  • Lim, L. (2007). A concise Sri Lankan Malay dictionary: 'Kamus ringkas bahasa Melayu Sri Lanka'. Dehiwela, Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka Malay Documentation Project.
  • Ansaldo, U., Matthews, S., Lim, L. (2007). Deconstructing Creole. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company. [More Information]
  • Lim, L. (2007). Mergers and acquisitions: On the ages and origins of Singapore English particles. World Englishes: journal of English as an international and intranational language, 26(4), 446-473. [More Information]

2006

  • Ansaldo, U., Lim, L. (2006). Globalisation, empowerment and the periphery: The Malays of Sri Lanka. Spine.
  • Lim, L., Ansaldo, U. (2006). Keeping Kirinda vital: The endangerment-empowerment dilemma in the documentation of Sri Lanka Malay. ACLC Working Papers, 1, 51-66.

2005

  • Ansaldo, U., Lim, L., Nordhoff, S. (2005). Sri Lanka Malay - Past, Present and Future. 10th International Conference on Sri Lanka Studies (ICSLS), Kelaniya, Sri Lanka: University of Kelaniya, Sri lanka.

2004

  • Lim, L. (2004). Singapore English: A grammatical description. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: John Benjamins Publishing Company. [More Information]

2002

  • Lim, L. (2002). Review: Peter Ladefoged, A Course in Phonetics (4th edn.). Orlando, FL: Harcourt, Inc., 2001. ISBN 0-15-507319-2. Journal of the International Phonetic Association, 32(1), 79-87. [More Information]
  • Fong, V., Lim, L., Wee, L. (2002). �Singlish�: Used and abused. Asian Englishes, 5(1), 18-39. [More Information]

2001

  • Lim, L., Tan, Y. (2001). How are we stressed?! Phonetic correlates and stress placement in Singapore English. PTLC 2001: Phonetics Teaching & Learning Conference, London, UK: UCL Press.

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