Professor Dushyanthi Mendis

Professor Dushyanthi Mendis


Qualifications : MA in Linguistics (Ohio University, USA); PhD in Linguistics (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA)

Teaching areas : Sociolinguistics, Second Language Acquisition, Discourse Analysis, Language Policy and Planning

Research interests :

  • Discourse Analysis
  • Corpus Linguistics
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Sri Lankan English
  • Co-Principal Investigator, International Corpus of English – Sri Lanka (ICE-SL)

Awards and grants

  • University Research Grant – 2015-2016
  • ISAP/DAAD Short-term award (2011 and 2014)
  • Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) Fellowship, Germany (2008 and 2012)
  • Fulbright-Hayes Scholarship (1992 – 1994)
  • Barbour Fellowship, University of Michigan (2001-2)

Involvement with other organizations :

  • Member, Sri Lanka English Language Teachers’ Association (SLELTA)
  • Member, Sri Lanka Association for Higher Education effectiveness (SLAIHEE) – 2017

Executive and other positions on boards of international, national organizations :

  • Academic Board Member, National Institute of Language Education and Training (NILET) (2016 – )
  • Elected Board Member, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Open University of Sri Lanka.(2013 – 2016)
  • Member, Board of Management, Postgraduate Institute of English (2006-2012)
  • Member, Board of study for TESL, Postgraduate Institute for English (2007-2009)

Editorial work :

  • Review Editor, ColomboArts e-journal (2017 -)
  • Faculty Editor, International Conference of the Faculty of Arts (IConArts) – 2016
  • Member, Advisory Board, VISTAS. Journal of the Open University of Sri Lanka (2016)
  • Review Editor, Journal of AsiaTEFL (2005)

Book Chapters and Web Documents

Mendis, D. (2017). Assessing Quality in Higher Education

Mendis, D. (2014). Variation in terms of Address in Sri Lankan English. In K. de Abrew, N. Abayasekera and C. Jayasinghe (eds), Changing paradigms in English Language Teaching. Proceedings of the 7th International SLELTA Conference. Colombo: Sri Lanka English Language Teachers’ Association. 9-15.

Abeywickrama, P. and Mendis, D. (2013).Language assessment in Sinhalese. In A.J. Kunnan (ed). The Companion to Language Assessment.Wiley Blackwell.

Mendis, D. (2011). Metaphors of childhood, love and death in the poetry of Vivimarie VanderPoorten. In Dinithi Karunanayake and Selvy Thiruchandran (eds). Continuities/Departures: Essays on Postcolonial women’s writing in English. Women’s Education and Research Center. Colombo: Sri Lanka.

Mendis, D. and Rambukwella, H. (2010). Sri Lankan Englishes. In Andy Kirkpatrick (ed). Routledge Handbook of World Englishes. London:Routledge.

Mendis, D. (2010). Formality in academic writing: the use/non-use of phrasal verbs in two varieties of English. In Ruiz-Garrido, Miguel F., Palmer-Silveira, Juan Carlos and Fortanet-Gómez, Inmaculada (eds). English for Professional and Academic Purposes. New York and Amsterdam:Rodopi.

Mendis, D. (2000). “Structures of feeling: The poetry of Kamala Das.” In Pramod K. Nayar and Nila Shah (eds), Modern Indian Poetry in English. New Delhi, India: Creative Books.

Refereed Journal articles
Künstler, V., Mendis, D. and Mukherjee, J. (2009). English in Sri Lanka: Language functions and speaker attitudesAnglistik – International Journal of English Studies 20(2). 57-74.

Mendis, D. (2006). “Situating SMS (Short Message Service) Discourse”. Sri Lanka Journal of the Humanities Vol XXXII Nos. 1&2: 125-134.

Simpson, Rita C. and Mendis, D. (2003). “A corpus-based study of idioms in academic speech.” TESOL Quarterlyvol 37 No 3: 419-441.

Mendis, D. (2002). “Language planning and ethnicity: Attitudes and perceptions from Sri Lanka’s education sector.” Sri Lanka Journal of the Humanities Vols XXVII & XXVIII Nos. 1& 2: 161-184.

Conference papers

Mendis, D. “Language assessment in Sri Lankan Englishes.” International Research Symposium on English Language Studies. University of Colombo. September 2017. Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Mendis, D. “Incorporating life-wide learning into higher education.” 13th SDC-SLAIHEE (Sri Lanka Association for Improving Higher Education Effectiveness) Joint Annual Conference. Open University of Sri Lanka. June 2017. Nawala, Sri Lanka.

Abayasekara, S.A. and Mendis, D. “Responding to changing student demographics in literature teaching.” University of Colombo Faculty of Arts International Conference. October 2016. Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Abayasekara, S.A. and Mendis, D. “Modifying teaching activities to ensure quality standards in an English degree programme.” 12th SDC-SLAIHEE (Sri Lanka Association for Improving Higher Education Effectiveness) Joint Annual Conference. Wayamba University of Sri Lanka. June 2016. Kuliyapitiya, Sri Lanka.

Mendis, D. “Language Policy as a Tool of Reconciliation.” University of Colombo Faculty of Arts International Conference. December 2015. Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Mendis, D. “Language Policy as Social Responsibility”. University of Colombo Faculty of Arts, International Conference. November 2014. Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Mendis, D. “21st century Englishes: Global, Local or Glocal?” Keynote Address, 8th International SLELTA Conference. October 2014. Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Mendis, D. “The BA dissertation as a measure of evidence-based learning.” 10th Sri Lanka Association for Improving Higher Education Effectiveness (SLAIHEE) Conference. June 2014. Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Mendis, D. “Variation in South Asian English: From Non-Native to Native?”. 11th International AsiaTEFL Conference. October 2013. Manila, Philippines.

Mendis, D. “Sri Lankan English in Transition”. Sri Lanka Association of Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (SLACLALS) Conference. July 2013. Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Mendis, D. “Variation in terms of address in Sri Lankan English.” 7th International SLELTA Conference, September 2012, Colombo. Sri Lanka.

Shantha Kumara, MDS. and Mendis, D. Making out SLE: A corpus based study of Sri Lankan English Phrasal Verbs. 6th International SLELTA Conference, October 2010. Colombo, Sri Lanka.