Lankan component of ICE is
based at the University of Giessen,
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor Dr Joybrato
Department of English
British Council (Senior Advisor)
University of Giessen
School of Computing
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.
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.