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18 June 2012 08:18 am - 6     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Michael Meyler, a British National living in Sri Lanka, has been honoured by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in her Birthday Honours List for 2012 a press release issued by the British High Commission, Colombo, said.

Meyler was the first to write a comprehensive book on “ Sri Lankan English” which he published in 2007. The book included a host of native terms that are now intertwined with the ‘ Queens english’

Mr. Meyler, a part-time teacher at the British Council in Colombo was  awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) for his services to the English Language the release said.

Michael Meyler came to Sri Lanka in 1985 as an English teacher. Since 1995 he has worked at the British Council in Colombo, where he teaches beginners’ classes in Sinhala and Tamil. His book, A Dictionary of Sri Lankan English, was published in 2007. He has also published a trilingual children’s book and DVD called Keerthihan’s Kite, and illustrated flashcards of the Sinhala and Tamil alphabets. He is currently working on a trilingual learners' dictionary of colloquial Sinhala, English and Tamil.

A Dictionary of Sri Lankan English contains approximately 2,500 examples of words and expressions which are characteristic of the English spoken in Sri Lanka. While originally intended for Sri Lankan students and teachers of English, foreigners living in Sri Lanka and anyone with an interest in international varieties of English, it has also proved popular with non-specialist Sri Lankan speakers of English, by drawing attention to the unique character of the English spoken here. The book illustrates how the English language evolves and adapts to different cultural contexts.

"I am amazed and very grateful to receive this unexpected honour,” said Michael Meyler. “The main thing I would like to think the book has achieved is to raise awareness of Sri Lankan English among learners, teachers and speakers of English in Sri Lanka, by bringing it out of the academic realm into the public domain. It certainly seems to have sparked a fair amount of debate on the subject." ( Shabnam Farook)

  Comments - 6

  • Dalu Banda Tuesday, 19 June 2012 02:57 AM

    Michael should be given honorary citizenship for the grate services rendered in teaching.

    S.Sriranjan Monday, 18 June 2012 01:17 PM

    Congrat Mr.Michael Meyler! You are deserved the Award as a trilingual Gentleman!!

    vinci Monday, 18 June 2012 08:27 AM


    ajja77 Tuesday, 19 June 2012 06:06 AM

    Congrats, Sri Lankans love you as you're a great teacher. Hats off....

    Jay Monday, 18 June 2012 09:56 AM

    I was in his Sinhala class. He is an excellent teacher. Congrats Mike on your award.

    Naduun B Tuesday, 19 June 2012 01:13 AM


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