Beng Soon Lim

Associate Professor Lim Beng Soon

Head, Malay Language and Literature Programme

School of Humanities and Behavioural Sciences

Tel: +65 6248 5004

Email: YnNsaW1Ac3Vzcy5lZHUuc2c=

Educational Qualifications

  • 2002

    PhD, National University of Singapore (NUS)

  • 1997

    MA (Translating), University of Salford

  • 1995

    BA (Educ.) (Hons.), Universiti Sains Malaysia

Academic and Professional Experience

  • Executive Committee Member & Hon. Treasurer - Singapore Association of Applied Linguistics, Singapore (2003 – June 2006)

  • Executive Committee Member - Singapore Association of Applied Linguistics, Singapore (2008 – Present)

  • Fellow – Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland, England

  • Member - Malaysian Branch of The Royal Asiatic Society, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

  • Member - The Philological Society, London, England


Comparison of pragmatic features in the discourse of Malay and English Bilinguals”

Chapters in Edited Books/Edited Books:

Lim B.S. (2012)
Transfers of politeness strategies: Some preliminary findings. In Ee Ling Low & Azirah Hashim (Ed). English in South East Asia. Features, Policy and Language Use. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, pp 343-354.

Lim B.S. (2012)
How to make women buy beauty: A comparative analysis of print advertisements of beauty products based the theory of conversational implicatures in English in Popular Culture, Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, pp 173-198.

Lim B. S. (2010)
Penang Peranakan Hokkien: A Sociological Reflection of a Hybrid Tongue in Penang Peranakan Chinese and Chinese Muslims: An Historical and Cultural Journey. Penang: Persatuan Karyawan Pulau Pinang, pp 141-165.

Lim B.S., Lee K.B. and Chua J.S.M (Eds.) (2009)
Papers Presented at the 2007 and 2008 UNAS Seminar, Singapore: United Nations Association of Singapore

Lim B.S. (2008)
An introduction to the language of the Peranakans in Malaysia and Singapore in Peranakan A-Z, National Heritage Board: Singapore. pp 166-167.

Journal Papers:

Schaetzel, K., Low, E.L. & Lim, B.S. 2010.
A descriptive and qualtitative case study of teaching Singapore English: a features-based approach. In Ee Ling Low & Pakir, A. (Ed.). World Englishes (Special Issue: Englishes in Southeast Asia) 29:3, pp 420-430.

Wong M.E. & Lim B.S. 2007.
Involving Visually Impaired Students in the Language Classroom. SEAMEO Guidelines, 29:1, pp 20-24.

Ahn S.W., Lim B.S. & Suh K-O. 2005
The growth of English in Singapore as a model for Korea. Korean Journal of English Language and Linguistics 5:1, pp 115-138.

Lim B.S. 2005
Brown and Levinson’s Politeness Framework and Studies on Politeness in the 1990s, Journal of Modern Languages 16, pp 64-79.

Lim, B.S. 2005
Malay Sayings as Politeness Strategies, Journal of Modern Languages 16, pp 47-63.

Lim, B.S. 2003.
Translation in 21st Century Singapore. Journal of Modern Languages 15, pp 52-58.

Teoh, B.S., Lim, B.S. & Lee, L.H. 2003.
A study of Penang Peranakan Hokkien. Journal of Modern Languages 15, pp 169-190.

Lim, B.S. & Wee, B.G. 2002.
A study of the Singapore identity through an analysis of media reports on a national tragedy (crash of flight MI 185 in December 1997). Bijdragen tot de Taal-Land-en Volkenkunde 158:1,pp 49-60.

Teoh, B.S. & Lim, B.S. 2001.
Challenges confronting translators in multilingual and multiethnic Singapore. Babel-International Journal of Translation 47:1, pp 22-34.

Teoh, B.S. & Lim, B.S. 2001.
Penggunaan Bahasa Melayu di Singapura: Satu Pemerihalan Ringkas. Jurnal Bahasa Moden 13, pp 51-64.

Teoh, B.S. & Lim, B.S. 1999.
Malay in Baba Hokkien of Penang. Journal of The Malaysian Branch of The Royal Asiatic Society 72:1, pp 125-137.

  • The Singapore Association for Applied Linguistics (SAAL)
  • Pragmatics Malay
  • Baba Malay
  • Translation
  • Applied Linguistics
  • Discourse Analysis
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