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Dr Lim, Lisa Li Su 林麗素

Honorary Associate Professor



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Professional Qualifications
YearAwarding InstitutionQualification
National University of SingaporeB.A (First Class Honours) in English Language
The University of ReadingPh.D in phonetics

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 School of English at the University of Hong Kong. As Coordinator of the Language and Communication (L&C) programme, she revamped L&C’s profile, turning its lens onto today’s multilingual, globalised world, and introducing in the programme learning experiences such as fieldwork in local minority communities, field trips, a vibrant internship scheme, and knowledge exchange with the community. She is also Chair of the Departmental Research Postgraduate Committee.

Her current research interests – reflected in her teaching and supervision – centre around: New Englishes, especially postcolonial Asian varieties in multilingual ecologies, such as Singapore and Hong Kong, with particular interest in contact dynamics, involving both sociohistorical and linguistic investigation; phonetics/ phonology/ prosody; language documentation; and 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.

She was part of the team working on Sri Lanka Malay, supported by the Volkswagen Stiftung’s initiative for the documentation of endangered languages (2004-2009), and she recently brought to completion a project on The Ecology and Evolution of Asian Englishes, funded by Hong Kong’s Research Grants Council (2012-2015). She is currently a collaborator in the World Universities Network (WUN) project on Understanding Globalisation – Margins and Peripheries. She has edited a number of books and special issues, in particular on both structural and sociolinguistics aspects of English in Asia. Her book (co-authored with Umberto Ansaldo) on Languages in Contact will be published in late 2015 by 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. She actively engages in knowledge transfer, and has developed the online resource, for which she won the Faculty of Arts’ Knowledge Exchange Award 2014.

Honours, Awards & Prizes
AwardeesAward DateHonours / Awards / PrizesCategory
1992-10-01National University of Singapore Overseas Graduate Scholarship: National University of Singapore, Singapore
2014-06-01Faculty Knowledge Exchange (KE) Award 2014 (Faculty of Arts): The University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Arts
2002-08-01National University of Singapore Excellent Teachers 2001/02: National University of Singapore, Singapore
Teaching Accomplishment
1992-06-01Minerva Prize, Top Student, Bachelor of Arts with Honours, English Language: Department of English Language and Literature, National University of Singapore, Singapore
2006-04-01Facultaire docentprijs 2006 (faculty teaching award) nomination, as part of Taalververving Engels (English language proficiency) team of the Department of English: Faculty of Humanities, University of Amsterdam
Teaching Accomplishment
2014-01-01Teaching Excellence Award Scheme 2013/14 shortlist: The University of Hong Kong
Teaching Accomplishment
2008-03-01Research award (for research achievements in 2007): Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC), Faculty of Humanities, University of Amsterdam
Research Achievement
2007-08-01Annugerah Bahasa Melayu (Malay language award) for contribution to the advancing of the Sri Lanka Malay language: Conference of Sri Lanka Malays (COSLAM), Colombo, Sri Lanka
Research Achievement
2014-09-01Faculty Knowledge Exchange (KE) Award 2014: Faculty of Arts, The University of Hong Kong
Professional Societies
Term PeriodPositionProfessional Societies
2013-presentAssociate EditorLanguage Sciences
2007-presentMemberInternational Association for World Englishes
2009-2012Editorial Board memberWorld Englishes
08/2013-07/2017Editorial Board memberJournal of Second Language Pronunciation
2008-presentMemberInternational Society for the Linguistics of English
04/2013-presentFaculty Advisory BoardMercury, HKU Journal of Undergraduate Studies
1996-2003MemberSingapore Association for Applied Linguistics
2014-2019Editorial Board memberLanguage, Culture and Curriculum
2016-Founding Co-EditorLanguage Ecology
2017-Advisory BoardMouton de Gruyter 'Dialects of English' book series
05/2015-presentCommittee memberInternational Society for the Linguistics of English: Richard M. Hogg Prize committee
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