The Kongouro from New Holland (1772) by George Stubbs, commissioned after Captain James Cook returned from Australia with the word and pelts from the antipodean animal. Picture: National Maritime Museum
Lisa Lim
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Language Matters by Lisa Lim

Myth busting: where the word ‘kangaroo’ really came from – spoiler, it doesn’t mean ‘I don’t know’

Little did the European settlers know, but Australia’s indigenous peoples spoke more than 250 languages

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The Kongouro from New Holland (1772) by George Stubbs, commissioned after Captain James Cook returned from Australia with the word and pelts from the antipodean animal. Picture: National Maritime Museum
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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).