Dr Lisa Lim

(BA NUS; PhD Reading)
Tel: 3917 2871

Office: Room 742, 7/F, Run Run Shaw Tower (Building B, Arts), Centennial Campus
Email: lisalim@hku.hk

HKU Scholars Hub: http://hub.hku.hk/rp/rp01169

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Profile

Dr Lisa Lim graduated from the National University of Singapore with a First Class Honours in English Language, and went on to do her PhD in phonetics at the University of Reading. She returned to the Department of English Language and Literature of the National University of Singapore in 1996 as Lecturer/ Assistant Professor. In 2004 she exchanged balmy breezes for North Sea winds to be at the University of Amsterdam, for a year at the Institute of Phonetic Sciences, and then as senior lecturer and researcher at the Department of English and the Amsterdam Centre for Language and Communication (ACLC).

2009 saw her returning, thrilled, to tropical Asia, where she joined the University of Hong Kong as Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Language and Communication programme. In the latter role, she revamped the L&C programme, turning its lens onto today’s multilingual, globalised world, and introducing in the programme experiences such as fieldwork in local minority communities, field trips, a vibrant internship scheme, and knowledge exchange with the community.

Her research interests – reflected in her teaching and supervision – centre around: sociolinguistics (of globalisation); phonetics/ phonology/ prosody; New Englishes, especially postcolonial Asian varieties in multilingual ecologies, with particular interest in contact dynamics, involving both sociohistorical and linguistic investigation; language documentation; and issues of language choice, shift, endangerment, revitalisation; and post-vernacular linguistic and cultural identity in minority communities, in particular the Peranakans (in Singapore) and the Malays of Sri Lanka.

One of the projects she is currently running, funded by Hong Kong’s Research Grants Council, focuses on the ecology and evolution of Asian Englishes. She has edited a number of books and special issues, in particular on both structural and sociolinguistics aspects of English in Asia, and is co-author (with U. Ansaldo) of Languages in Contact, forthcoming with Cambridge University Press in their Key Topics in Sociolinguistics series. She serves on the editorial boards of Language, Culture and Curriculum (Taylor & Francis), Language Sciences (Elsevier), Journal of Second Language Pronunciation (John Benjamins), World Englishes (Wiley-Blackwell); and the Faculty Advisory Board of Mercury, HKU Journal of Undergraduate Humanities.

 

Research, Teaching and Knowledge Exchange Grants

  • The ecology and evolution of Asian Englishes. Research Grants Council (RGC) General Research Fund (GRF) 2011/12 Exercise, Hong Kong. HKD391,262. Principal Investigator. 2012-2014.
  • English as a global language in Asian contexts. Common Core Teaching Development Grant, University of Hong Kong.  HKD70,000. Principal Investigator. 2012-2013.
  • LinguisticMinorities.HK. Knowledge Exchange Impact Project, KE Funding Exercise 2012/13, University Grants Council, Hong Kong. HKD85,142. Principal Investigator. 2012-2013.
  • Contrastive Linguistics: Constructional and functional approaches. Scientific Research Network (WOG), Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO). Co- investigator, HKU team. 2011-2016.
  • English Studies in Asia: Reception, institutionalization, futures. Louis Cha Fund –East-West Studies, Faculty of Arts, The University of Hong Kong. HKD77,760. Co-investigator. 2011-2013.
  • Exploring the Peranakans as a China-West locus in Southeast Asia: The continuing evolution of their linguistic repertoire. Seed Funding Programme for Basic Research, The University of Hong Kong. HKD119,449. Principal Investigator: 2010-2012.
  • The documentation of Sri Lanka Malay: Linguistic and cultural creolisation endangered. Volkswagen Stiftung, initiative for the Documentation of Endangered Languages (DoBeS). EUR248,000. Co-investigator & project manager. 2004-2009.
  • Contact patterns: A corpus of Trade Malay varieties. Academic Research Fund, National University of Singapore. SGD15,300 (= EUR7,200). Principal Investigator. 2003.
  • Transcription of the Malay of Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Christmas Island (C-103-000-222-091). Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Research Support Scheme, National University of Singapore. SGD4,950 (= EUR2,300). Principal Investigator. 2002-2003.
  • Towards A Reference Grammar of Singapore English. Academic Research Fund, National University of Singapore. SGD70,555 (= EUR33,300). Principal investigator. 1998-2001.

LinguisticMinorities.HK http://linguisticminorities.hk is an online resource that brings together information and state-of-the-art research on the linguistic situations of ethnic minorities in Hong Kong. This comprises communities who moved or were moved from other territories as a result of historical events or periods such as civil war and colonisation, as well as more contemporary economic migration, and includes: the traditional boat-dwelling Tanka, the Weitou community in their New Territories walled villages, and other Chinese immigrant groups of the early 1900s like the Chiu Chau, Hakka, Hokkien, and Shanghainese; South Asians, including peoples from Nepal (many of whom are descendants of the Gurkhas), India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh; Southeast Asian groups, including the Filipinos and Indonesians, of whom a large proportion comprise domestic workers; and newer immigrants of the African diaspora largely involved in trade. LinguisticMinorities.HK highlights the issues and tensions in communicative practices involving communities’ ancestral language and other languages of global and local significance, including language shift and endangerment, and mother-tongue-based education, and aims to raise awareness and promote action in support of linguistic and cultural diversity and inclusion. The project has been funded by HKU’s Knowledge Exchange Impact Project funding (2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15). For her work on the website, Lisa has been awarded the Faculty of Arts’ Faculty Knowledge Exchange Award 2014.

The ongoing results of two previous research projects are the following:

The Grammar of Spoken Singapore English Corpus (GSSEC) was collected for the project Towards a Reference Grammar of Singapore English, which was funded by a National University of Singapore Academic Research Grant R-103-000-003-112 (Lisa Lim and Joseph A. Foley, principal investigators; Vivienne Fong, Ni Yi-Bin and Lionel Wee, project members; 1998-2001). GSSEC, collected in the period 1998-99, comprises 32 recorded extracts, coming to approximately 8 hours of conversation, totalling over 60,000 words, of naturally occurring spontaneous discourse of native Singapore English speakers, varying along a number of demographic variables, such as age, gender, ethnic group, and education level. [The data have also been incorporated into the Singapore component of the International Computerised Corpus of English (ICCE-SIN).] The recordings are accompanied by orthographic transcriptions. Researchers are welcome to use the corpus, observing the Ground Rules and Conventions. [download pdf] Requests should be sent to Lisa Lim (lisa.ls.lim@gmail.com), enclosing a completed Usage Declaration form. [download pdf] Users must acknowledge GSSEC as a source in their research (citing Lim 2001 and Lim & Foley 2004), and should send a copy of any resources derived from the data (publications, additional annotations or analyses, etc.) to Lisa Lim.

The documentation of Sri Lanka Malay: Linguistic and cultural creolization endangered, a project funded by the Volkswagen Stiftung’s initiative for the Documentation of Endangered Languages (DoBeS) (2004-2009), involving Umberto Ansaldo (principal investigator; then University of Amsterdam, now University of Hong Kong), Lisa Lim (co-investigator and project manager; then University of Amsterdam, now University of Hong Kong), Walter Bisang (collaborator; Universität Mainz, Germany), Thiru Kandiah (collaborator; University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and Curtin University), Sebastian Nordhoff (PhD researcher, University of Amsterdam). The digital archive is accessible at the project webpage at http://www.mpi.nl/DOBES/projects/slm

Courses developed and taught:

CCGL9038 English as a global language in Asian contexts
ENGL2030  World Englishes
LCOM1001 Introduction to language and communication
LCOM1002 Language, communication, society, field
LCOM2005 Language, communication and globalisation – Politics, peril, pop
LCOM3001 Cultural dimensions of language and communication

Courses offered in 2013-14:

CCGL9038      English as a Global Language in Asian Contexts
ENGL1042       World Englishes matters
LCOM3004      Language & communication field trip

 

 


Publications (selected, from 2003)

For downloadable articles, go to my Academia.edu webpage http://hku-hk.academia.edu/LisaLim

Books and special issues 

Lim, Lisa and Umberto Ansaldo. Forthcoming. Languages in Contact. (Key Topics in Sociolinguistics.)Cambridge University Press.

Lim, Lisa, Christopher Stroud & Lionel Wee, eds. Contracted; in prep. The Multilingual Citizen. Towards a Politics of Language for Agency and Change. (Encounters.) Multilingual Matters.

Goh, Robbie, Lisa Lim & Lionel Wee, eds. 2013. The Politics of English in Asia: Language Policy and Cultural Expression in South and Southeast Asia and the Asia Pacific. (Studies in World Language Problems 4.) Amsterdam/ Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Lim, Lisa & Nikolas Gisborne, eds. 2011. The Typology of Asian Englishes. (Benjamins Current Topics 33.) Amsterdam/ Philadelphia: John Benjamins. [Link to volume]

Lim, Lisa, Anne Pakir & Lionel Wee, eds. 2010. English in Singapore: Modernity and Management. (Asian Englishes Today.) Hong Kong University Press. [Link to volume]

Lim, Lisa & Nikolas Gisborne, eds. 2009. The Typology of Asian Englishes. Special Issue, English World-Wide 30(2). [Link tovolume TOC]

Lim, Lisa & Ee-Ling Low, eds. 2009. Multilingual, Globalising Asia: Implications for Policy and Education. AILA Review 22. [Link to volume TOC and abstracts]

Ansaldo, Umberto, Stephen Matthews & Lisa Lim, eds. 2007. Deconstructing Creole. (Typological Studies in Language 73.) Amsterdam/ Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Saldin, B.D.K. In collaboration with Lisa Lim. 2007. Kamus Bahasa Melayu Sri Lanka. A Sri Lanka Malay–Malay–English dictionary. Colombo; Frankfurt/ Nijmegen: Volkswagen Stiftung/ DoBeS.

Lim, Lisa, ed. 2004. Singapore English: A Grammatical Description. (Varieties of English Around the World G33.) Amsterdam/ Philadelphia: John Benjamins. [Link to volume TOC]

 

Language corpora 

Lim, Lisa and Umberto Ansaldo. 2013. Singlish structure dataset. In Susanne Maria Michaelis, Philippe Maurer, Martin Haspelmath and Magnus Huber, eds. Atlas of Pidgin and Creole Language Structures Online. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. http://apics-online.info/contributions/21

Lim, Lisa & Umberto Ansaldo. 2011. Colloquial Singaporean English (Singlish). In Bernd Kortmann & Kerstin Lunkenheimer, eds. The Electronic World Atlas of Varieties of English [eWAVE]. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. http://www.ewave-atlas.org/

Ansaldo, Umberto, Lisa Lim & Sebastian Nordhoff. 2000-2014. Sri Lanka Malay. Documentation of Endangered Languages (DoBeS). Volkswagen Stiftung. http://dobes.mpi.nl/projects/slm/

Lim, Lisa. 2001. The Grammar of Spoken Singapore English Corpus (GSSEC). National University of Singapore.

 

Journal articles and book chapters 

Forthcoming/ in preparation

Lim, Lisa. Under review. Endangerment, evolution and empowerment in globalising Asian ecologies: Where java and patois take their communities. In Martin Pütz and Luna Filipovi?, eds. Endangered Languages: Issues of Ecology, Policy and Documentation. (IMPACT Studies in Language and Society.) Amsterdam/ Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Ansaldo, Umberto & Lisa Lim. Accepted for publication. Citizenship theory and fieldwork practice in Sri Lanka Malay communities. In Lisa Lim, Christopher Stroud & Lionel Wee, eds. The Multilingual Citizen: Towards a Politics of Language for Agency and Change. (Encounters.) Multilingual Matters.

Lim, Lisa. Accepted for publication. Catalysts for change: On the evolution of contact varieties in multilingual knowledge economy. Language Sciences.

Lim, Lisa. Accepted for publication. Multilingual mediators: The role of the Peranakans in the contact dynamics of Singapore. In Li Wei, ed. Multilingualism in the Chinese Diaspora World-Wide. (Routledge Critical Studies in Multilingualism.) London/ New York: Routledge.

Lim, Lisa. In press. Singapore: Language situation. In Rint Sybesma, ed. The Encyclopaedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics. Leiden: Brill.

 

2013-2014

Ansaldo, Umberto & Lisa Lim. 2014. The lifecycle of Sri Lanka Malay. Language Endangerment and Preservation in South Asia. Special Issue, Language Documentation and Conservation 7: 100-118.

Lim, Lisa. 2014. Yesterday’s founder population, today’s Englishes: The role of the Peranakans in the (continuing) evolution of Singapore English. In Sarah Buschfeld, Thomas Hoffmann, Magnus Huber & Alexander Kautzsch, eds. The Evolution of Englishes. (Varieties of English Around the World G49.) Amsterdam/ Philadelphia: John Benjamins. 401-419.

Lim, Lisa. 2014. Southeast Asia. In Markku Filppula, Juhani Klemola & Devyani Sharma, eds. The Oxford Handbook of World Englishes. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Lim, Lisa. 2013. The politics of English (and Sinhala and Tamil) in Sri Lanka: Kaduva of privileged power, tool of rural empowerment? In Lionel Wee, Robbie Goh and Lisa Lim, eds. The Politics of English in Asia: Language Policy and Cultural Expression in South and Southeast Asia and the Asia Pacific. (Studies in World Language Problems 4.) Amsterdam/ Philadelphia: John Benjamins. 61-80.

Wee, Lionel, Lisa Lim & Robbie B.H. Goh. 2013. Conclusion. In Lionel Wee, Robbie Goh & Lisa Lim, eds. The Politics of English in Asia: Language Policy and Cultural Expression in South and Southeast Asia and the Asia Pacific. (Studies in World Language Problems 4.) Amsterdam/ Philadelphia: John Benjamins. 303-316.

 

2012

Ansaldo, Umberto and Lisa Lim. 2012. English in Asia. In Raymond Hickey, ed. Areal Features of the Anglophone World. (Topics in English Linguistics.) Berlin/ New York: Mouton de Gruyter. [Link to volume]

Lim, Lisa. 2012. Standards of English in Southeast Asia. In Raymond Hickey, ed. Standards of English: Codified Varieties Around the World. (Studies in English Language.) Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 274-293. [Link to volume]

Lim, Lisa. 2012. English and multilingualism in Singapore. In Carol A. Chappell, ed. The Encyclopaedia of Applied Linguistics. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. [Link to volume]

Lim, Lisa & Umberto Ansaldo. 2012. Contact in the Asian arena. In Terttu Nevalainen and Elizabeth Closs Traugott, eds. The Oxford Handbook of the History of English. New York: Oxford University Press. 560-571. [Link to volume]

 

2011

Lim, Lisa. 2011. Tone in Singlish: Substrate features from Sinitic and Malay. In Claire Lefebvre, ed. Creoles, Their Substrates and Language Typology. (Typological Studies in Language 95.) Amsterdam/ Philadelphia: John Benjamins. 271-287.

Lim, Lisa. 2011. Revisiting English prosody: (Some) New Englishes as tone languages? In Lisa Lim & Nikolas Gisborne, eds. The Typology of Asian Englishes, (Benjamins Current Topics 33.) Amsterdam/ Philadelphia: John Benjamins. 97-118.

Lim, Lisa & Umberto Ansaldo. 2011. Colloquial Singaporean English (Singlish). In Bernd Kortmann & Kerstin Lunkenheimer, eds. The Electronic World Atlas of Varieties of English [eWAVE]. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. http://www.ewave-atlas.org/.

Lim, Lisa & Nikolas Gisborne. 2011. The typology of Asian Englishes: Setting the agenda. In Lisa Lim & Nikolas Gisborne, eds. The Typology of Asian Englishes, (Benjamins Current Topics 33.) Amsterdam/ Philadelphia: John Benjamins. 1-10.

 

2010

Lim, Lisa. 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. (Studies in English Language.) Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 327-347.

Lim, Lisa. 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. (Asian Englishes Today.) Hong Kong University Press. 19-54.

Lim, Lisa & Umberto Ansaldo. 2010. Colloquial Singaporean English (Singlish). In Bernd Kortmann & Kerstin Lunkenheimer, eds. The Electronic World Atlas of Variation in English: Grammar. Max Planck Digital Library in cooperation with Mouton de Gruyter.

Lim, Lisa, Anne Pakir & Lionel Wee. 2010. English in Singapore: Policy and practice. In Lisa Lim, Anne Pakir & Lionel Wee, eds. English in Singapore: Modernity and Management. (Asian Englishes Today.) Hong Kong University Press.

 

2009

Lim, Lisa. 2009. Revisiting English prosody: (Some) New Englishes as tone languages? In Lim, Lisa & Nikolas Gisborne, eds. The Typology of Asian Englishes Special Issue, English World-Wide 30(2): 218-239.

Lim, Lisa. 2009. Beyond fear and loathing in SG: The real mother tongues and language policies in multilingual Singapore. In Lim, Lisa & Low Ee-Ling, eds. Multilingual, globalizing Asia: Implications for policy and education. Special Issue, AILA Review 22: 52-71.

Lim, Lisa. 2009. Not just an 'Outer Circle', 'Asian' English: Singapore English and the significance of ecology. In Thomas Hoffman & Lucia Siebers, eds. World Englishes: Problems, Properties, Prospects. (Varieties of English Around the World G40.) Amsterdam/ Philadelphia: John Benjamins. 179-206.

Lim, Lisa & Nikolas Gisborne. 2009. The typology of Asian Englishes: Setting the agenda. In Lim, Lisa & Nikolas Gisborne, eds. The Typology of Asian Englishes Special Issue, English World-Wide 30(2): 123-132.

Lim, Lisa & Low Ee-Ling. 2009. Introduction. In Lim, Lisa & Low Ee-Ling, eds. Multilingual, globalizing Asia: Implications for policy and education. Special Issue, AILA Review 22: 1-4.

 

2007-2008

Lim, Lisa. 2008. Dynamic linguistic ecologies of Asian Englishes. Asian Englishes 11(1): 52-55.

Ansaldo, Umberto, Lisa Lim & Salikoko S. Mufwene. 2007. The sociolinguistic history of the Peranakans: What it tells us about ‘creolization’. In Umberto Ansaldo, Stephen Matthews & Lisa Lim, eds. Deconstructing Creole. (Typological Studies in Language 73.) Amsterdam/ Philadelphia: John Benjamins. 203-226.

Lim, Lisa. 2007. Mergers and acquisitions: On the ages and origins of Singapore English particles. World Englishes 27(4): 446-473.

Lim, Lisa & Umberto Ansaldo. 2007. Identity alignment in the multilingual space: The Malays of Sri Lanka. In Anchimbe, Eric A., ed. Linguistic identity in postcolonial multilingual spaces Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 218-243.

 

2005-2006

Ansaldo, Umberto & Lisa Lim. 2006. Globalisation, empowerment and the periphery: The Malays of Sri Lanka. In Elangaiyan, R., R. McKenna Brown, Nicholas D.M. Ostler & Mahendra K. Verma, eds.Vital Voices: Endangered Languages and Multilingualism. Proceedings of the FEL X Conference. Bath: Foundation for Endangered Languages; & Mysore: Central Institute of Indian Languages. 39-46.

Lim, Lisa & Umberto Ansaldo. 2006. Keeping Kirinda vital: The endangerment-empowerment dilemma in the documentation of Sri Lanka Malay. In Aboh, Enoch & Miriam van Staden, eds. ACLC (Amsterdam Centre for Language & Communication) Working Papers 1: 51-66.

Lim, Lisa & Umberto Ansaldo. 2005. Countries and Languages –Asia In Brown, Keith, ed. The Encyclopaedia of Language and Linguistics, 2nd ed. Elsevier Publishers.

Ng, Sandy & Lisa Lim. 2005. Appreciating language contact in pronunciation teaching: Local languages’ effect on Singapore English. In Deng, Xudong, Victor Matthew Cole, Maria Luisa C. Sadorra & Wu Siew Mei, eds. Paradigm shifts in English Language teaching and learning. (Selected Papers from the Inaugural CELC International Symposium.) Singapore: Centre for English Language Communication, National University of Singapore. 143-154.

 

2003-2004

Ansaldo, Umberto & Lisa Lim. 2004. Phonetic absence as syntactic prominence: Grammaticalization in isolating tonal languages. In Fischer, Olga, Muriel Norde & Harry Perridon, eds. Up and down the cline – The nature of grammaticalization. (Typological Studies in Language 59.) Amsterdam/ Philadelphia: John Benjamins. 345-362.

Lim, Lisa. 2004. Sounding Singaporean. In Lim, Lisa, ed. Singapore English: A grammatical description. (Varieties of English Around the World G33.)Amsterdam/ Philadelphia: John Benjamins. 19-56.

Lim, Lisa. 2004. Everything you wanted to know about how stressed Singaporean Englishes are. In Burusphat, Somsonge, ed. Papers from the eleventh annual meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society. Arizona: Program for Southeast Asian Studies, Arizona State University.

Lim, Lisa & Joseph A. Foley. 2004. English in Singapore and Singapore English: Background and methodology. In Lim, Lisa, ed. Singapore English: A grammatical description. (Varieties of English Around the World G33.) Amsterdam/ Philadelphia: John Benjamins. 1-18.

Lim, Lisa & Umberto Ansaldo. 2003. Sounds Cocos. In Solé, M.J., D. Recasens & J. Romero, eds. Proceedings of the XVth International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS2003). Barcelona: The 15th ICPhS Organizing Committee. 803-806.

 

 


Last updated: 30 October 2014