A wood engraving of the Haitian Revolution (1791-1804). Picture: Alamy
Lisa Lim
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Language Matters by Lisa Lim

What robots and slaves have in common – tracing the words’ origins reveals a curious connection

Ahead of the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, find out where the word ‘slave’ came from

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A wood engraving of the Haitian Revolution (1791-1804). Picture: Alamy
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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).