The rainbow-hued interior of a hot-air balloon. Picture: Alamy
Lisa Lim
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Language Matters by Lisa Lim

On the origin of the words ‘black’ and ‘white’ for International Colour Day

Most languages recognise multiple colours, and many acknowledge a hierarchy and name them in the same order

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The rainbow-hued interior of a hot-air balloon. 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).