Lisa Lim


Lisa Lim is Associate Professor and Head of the School of English at The University of Hong Kong, having worked previously at the National University of Singapore and the University of Amsterdam. Her current research interests centre around New Englishes, especially postcolonial Asian varieties in multilingual ecologies, such as Singapore and Hong Kong; issues of language shift, endangerment, revitalisation, and post-vernacular linguistic and cultural 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 multiculturalism, computer-mediated communication, and their impact on language contact. Recent publications include Languages in Contact (Cambridge University Press, 2016, co-authored with Umberto Ansaldo), and The Multilingual Citizen (Multilingual Matters, 2018, co-edited). She is founding co-editor (with Umberto Ansaldo) of the journal Language Ecology, and serves on several editorial boards, including Language, Culture and Curriculum, and the Mouton book series ‘Dialects of English’. Passionately committed to knowledge transfer, she developed the online resource, for which she won the HKU Faculty of Arts’ Knowledge Exchange Award 2014, and she is the ‘Language Matters’ columnist for Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post’s Sunday Post Magazine (see While in her younger days she engaged in dance and yoga and never in martial arts, she is putting into practice her belief in lifelong learning and new challenges, and has recently become addicted to Muay Thai. In January 2019, she will be Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Sydney.

Keynote Presentation (2018) | Heritage in Language: Nurturing Collective, Socially Relevant and Transformative Research in Education

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