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The Sri Lankan component of ICE is 
based at the University of Giessen, Germany.

The written component of the ICE-SL corpus is now available, in SGML format and in a POS-tagged version. To obtain a copy, please email ice-sl@anglistik.uni-giessen.de

Contact:

Professor Dr Joybrato Mukherjee
Department of English
University of Giessen
Germany
Email: Joybrato.Mukherjee@anglistik.uni-geissen.de


Chris Tribble, British Council
(Senior Advisor)

Marco Schilk
University of Giessen

Dr Dushyanthi Mendis
School of Computing
University of Colombo
Sri Lanka

 

 

The Constitution of Sri Lanka specifies in its section on 'official languages' that Sinhala and Tamil are the 'national languages' of Sri Lanka, while English is labelled a 'link language'. English is used by many Sri Lankans as their second language. There is also a small group of L1 speakers of English in Sri Lanka. As Mesthrie and Bhatt (2008: 200) point out, "Sri Lankan English is not simply 'English in Sri Lanka', but a variety with a certain regional and social identity."
Population: c. 23 million.

Reading
Mendis, D. & H. Rambukwella (2010) Sri Lankan Englishes. In Kirkpatrick, A. (ed.) The Routledge Handbook of World Englishes. London: Routledge, pp. 181-196.
Mesthrie, R. & Bhatt, R. M. (2008) World Englishes: The Study of New Linguistic Varieties. Cambridge: CUP.
Mukherjee, J. Schilk, M. & T. Bernaisch (2010) Compiling the Sr Lankan component of ICE: principles, problems, prospects. ICAME Journal 34: 64-77.

Links

Online Newspapers

Daily News
The Island
Online Radio Stations 
Sirasa Radio
TNL 101.7-Sri Lank

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