A protest in Sydney, Australia, last year, calling for indigenous rights. Picture: Alamy A protest in Sydney, Australia, last year, calling for indigenous rights. Picture: Alamy
A protest in Sydney, Australia, last year, calling for indigenous rights. Picture: Alamy
Lisa Lim
Opinion

Opinion

Language Matters by Lisa Lim

Why ‘indigenous’ should be word of the year – from Canada to Hong Kong, it is time aboriginal peoples are heard

A fortnight into 2019, the UN has already declared it the International Year of Indigenous Languages, but there is more to it than that

A protest in Sydney, Australia, last year, calling for indigenous rights. Picture: Alamy A protest in Sydney, Australia, last year, calling for indigenous rights. Picture: Alamy
A protest in Sydney, Australia, last year, calling for indigenous rights. 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).