Some 1,000 languages are spoken in Asean territory.
Lisa Lim
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Language Matters by Lisa Lim

Speaking in tongues: why Asean members stick to English

Why the 50-year-old association, whose 10 members encompass 1,000 dialects, continue to converse in a foreign language

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Some 1,000 languages are spoken in Asean territory.
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Lisa Lim

Lisa Lim

Lisa Lim has worked in Singapore, Britain, Amsterdam and Sri Lanka, and until June 2018 was Associate Professor and Head of the School of English at the University of Hong Kong, where she still holds an Honorary position. She now is Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Sydney. She is co-editor of the journal Language Ecology, founder of the website linguisticminorities.hk, and co-author of Languages in Contact (Cambridge University Press, 2016).