Sri Lankan English
A Dictionary of Sri Lankan English
was launched at the British Council in Colombo on 27 November 2007. See
below for details of how to purchase a copy.
... a very useful addition to our knowledge of English world-wide and a fine contribution to the literature of Sri Lanka.
Review by Richard W. Bailey
English World-Wide 31:3 (2010) 354-357
For more on Sri Lankan English:
Sri Lankan English: an appropriate model for the teaching of English in Sri Lanka?: paper presented at the 9th International Language and Development Conference, Colombo (17 Oct. 2011)
Sri Lankan English: a distinct South Asian variety: article published in the
journal English Today in December 2009
A-Z of Sri Lankan English on the Groundviews website, together with other articles on the subject of Sri Lankan English.
eWAVE: the electronic version of the World Atlas of Varieties of English (open access database comparing the morphosyntactic features of 74 varieties of English): Sri Lankan English page
For more information on the book:
pages: a pdf file containing selected extracts
from the dictionary.
Foreword to the dictionary
by Prof. Ryhana Raheem, Post Graduate Institute of English, Open University
of Sri Lanka.
Speech given at the launch by Dr Dushyanthi Mendis, Senior Lecturer in English,
University of Colombo.
Reviews, articles, etc.
Also on this website:
and corrections: updates to the dictionary, corrections and new
entries. This page is regularly updated. Please contact
me if you have any suggestions or feedback which can be included.
An A-Z of Sri Lankan
English: a collection of short articles which appeared in
the travelsrilanka magazine and the SLELTA Quarterly. A new A-Z of Sri Lankan English is now featured on the Groundviews website, together with other articles on the subject of Sri Lankan English.
of photographs: a collection of photographs, ordered alphabetically,
showing many items which appear in the dictionary and which are characteristic
of Sri Lankan life and culture. This page is updated and photographs
added on a regular basis.
How to purchase a copy of the dictionary:
The dictionary is available:
in Colombo (price Rs 1500):
at Barefoot, Odel, Paradise Road, Gandhara and leading bookshops. Or contact
me to order a copy direct.
- online (price Rs 1500 plus postage and packing): from www.pererahussein.com.
- in the UK (price 15 pounds inc. postage and packing within the UK - payable by cheque or bank transfer). Please contact
me if you would like to purchase a copy.