The South China Morning Post Central offices during a 1906 typhoon.
Lisa Lim
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Language Matters by Lisa Lim

As Hong Kong braces for a storm, find out where the word ‘typhoon’ came from

A closer look shows ‘typhoon’ may not have originated from Chinese after all

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The South China Morning Post Central offices during a 1906 typhoon.
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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).