June 18, 2012 (LBO) – A British national living in Sri Lanka who is a part-time teacher and writer has been honored by Queen Elizabeth for his work on ‘Sri Lankan English’ which has its own peculiarities. He is now working on a trilingual learners’ dictionary of colloquial Sinhala, English and Tamil.
Michael Meyler has been named in the Queen’s birth honors list as a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for his services to the English Language, the British High Commission (embassy) said.
Micheal Meyler has come to Sri Lanka in 1985 as an English teacher and has been working with the British Council, the UK cultural exchange office as a part-time teacher.
In 2007 he had published a bookA Dictionary of Sri Lankan English which has 2,500 words and expressions which are characteristic of English spoken in the island. Sri Lanka was under British rule until 1948.
“I am amazed and very grateful to receive this unexpected honour,” a statement from the UK embassy quoted Meyle as saying.
“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 o