Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

University of Ruhuna

Karunarathna, L.S. (Mrs.)

Senior Lecturer

Department of Sinhala
Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
University of Ruhuna
Matara 81000
Sri Lanka

Phone: +94 774440098

Email: lokeshsk28@gmail.com

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Biography:

Lokeshwari Karunarathna is a Senior Lecturer (Grd. II) attached to the Department of Sinhala in Ruhuna University. She earned her Bachelors from the University of Peradeniya with a 1st class in Sinhala, MA in Applied Linguistics from Southern Illinois University Carbondale USA, with a Fulbright Masters’ Scholarship and the M. Phil from University of Peradeniya in Sinhala with the Gate Mudliyar A. G. Thilakaratne Research Fellowship. Her main research interests focus on Language Acquisition and Teaching related to Sinhala, Sociolinguistics and Psycholinguistics. Apart from the field of languages, she is interested on Kandyan and folkdance, folk music and singing.

Qualifications:

  • M.Phil in Sinhala (Peradeniya) 2016
  • MA in Applied Linguistics (Southern Illinois – USA) 2014
  • BA (Hon) in Sinhala 1st Class (Peradeniya) 2008

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka (RASSL)

Specialized fields and teaching areas:

Specialized fields:
Communicative Sinhala as a Second Language (for non-native speakers of Sinhala), Phonology, Sociolinguistics and Psycholinguistics

Teaching Areas:
Descriptive Linguistics,
Research Methods,
Modern Sinhala Fiction,
Drama and Theater,

Research Areas:

Second Language Phonology, Sociolinguistics, Language Learning and Acquisition and Psycholinguistics

Publications:

Major publication


Journal publications

  • 2017 - AVANUES: Papers on Peace, Reconciliation and Development Challengers , June 2017, P.146- 170 Proceedings of 2nd International Conference on Humanities and Social Sciences TOPIC: Perception of Consonant Gemination by Native English Learners of Sinhala: The Effect of Training

  • 2014 - Buddhist Influence on Windscreen Literature: A Study on Sticker Phrases Posted on the Three Wheel Taxies in Sri Lanka

    http://eujournal.org/index.php/esj/article/view/2481


Conference publications

Oral presentations and abstract publications

  • 2016 - International Conference on Peace, Reconciliation and Development – 2016 Organized by University Ruhuna, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Topic: Perception of Consonant Gemination by Native English Learners of Sinhala: The Effect of Training

  • 2016- 9th Annual Research Conference of The Royal Asiatic Society

    Topic: Second Language Errors and Error Analysis: A study on native English learners of Sinhala

  • 2015- International Conference on Post Colonial Societies in Transition organized by Faculty of HSS, University of Ruhuna

    Topic: Consonant Gemination in Sinhala

  • 2013 – 5th International Conference on Buddhism and Current Global Challenges organized by SLABS

    Topic: Buddhist Influence on Windscreen Literature: A Study on Sticker Phrases Posted on the Three Wheel Taxies in Sri Lanka

    http://ko-thitsar.blogspot.com/2013/09/slabs_12.html

  • 2012- 5th Annual Research Conference of The Royal Asiatic Society

    Topic: A Practical Teaching Methodology to Teach Negation Words Used in Spoken Sinhala for Native English Speakers


Invited keynote talks and seminar presentations

  • Keynote Talk in Literature Day Celebration (2015 Sep) organized by Godapitiya Primary School, Akuressa.

  • Guest Lecture at the Childrens’ Day celebration organized by Sri Sudhamma Dhamma School, Gal-Oya Hindagala, Peradeniya.

  • Guest Lecture at Literature Day Celebration (26 Sep 2017) organized by Aththudawa Maha Vidyalaya, Matara.