Sandarenu Kumarasamy, M.A.


University of Duisburg-Essen
Department of Anglophone Studies
Universitätsstr. 12
45141 Essen

Notice for Students:

As of 23rd of June, I am no longer working at the University of Duisburg-Essen. If you have questions concerning a course you have completed with me, please contact Ms.Forstreuter (e-mail: monika.forstreuter[at]

Best wishes,
Sandarenu Kumarasamy

Summary Curriculum Vitae




October 2007

 M.A. Degree with two majors:

"Anglistik"  (1,0)
"Praktische Sozialwissenschaft" (1,6) , University of Duisburg-Essen

Special focus: Linguistics, Sociology, Political Science and Empirical Research Methods
Thesis: "Understanding Language Policy and Planning in Sri Lanka (Ceylon)" (1,0)

Primary Education

Sujatha Girls' School (Matara, Sri Lanka)
Vishaka Girls' School (Bandarawella, Sri Lanka)

Secondary Education

Following an excellent pass at the all-island Scholarship Exam in the 5th standard admission into Devi Balika Girls' High School (Colombo, Sri Lanka).

General Certificate of Education for Advanced Level (GCE A/L) in the subjects: English Literature, French, Political Science and Logic/1998.


Migration to Germany in Nov. 1999


Higher Education

German Language Skills



"Grundstufe" I & II, "Mittelstufe" I, University of Duisburg-Essen

Studienkolleg, Westfälische-Wilhelms Universität Münster
in the subjects: German Language and Literature, English, Social Science, and Statistics


University of Duisburg-Essen



Research Assistant

April 2014 to present

April 2013 - April 2014

Humanities, Department of Anglophone Studies, University of Duisburg-Essen


 Maternity Leave

Juniour Lecturer
April 2008 - April 2013

Humanities, Department of Anglophone Studies, University of Duisburg-Essen

Student Assistant

Last working contract in April 2007, Humanities, Department of Anglophone Studies, University of Duisburg-Essen


Asienhaus Essen, Burma. Initiative, Bullmannaue 11, 45327 Essen [Aug-Sep 2004]
Special focus: Magazine lay outing and skills in library maintenance

Social Scientists' Association, No 12, Sulaiman Terrace, Off Jawatta Road,
Colombo 05, Sri Lanka [Sep 06]
Special focus: Colonial and post-colonial [communal] government policy


English  - First language

Sinhala - Second Language

German - Spoken very good and written good

French - GCE Advanced Level Standard

Tamil - 3rd Standard

Sanskrit - Passive reading knowledge


Research Interests

  • Field Linguistics and Language Documentation - Speaker Profiles
  • Variational Sociolinguistics - South Asian, South East Asian and African contexts
  • Contact Linguistics - Colonial Englishes and Creoles
  • Applied Linguistics - Language Policy and Planning in bi-/multilingual contexts
  • Varieties of English - World Englishes with research experience in Sri Lankan English



Research Projects and Workshops

"Cultural Landscapes: Negotiating Cultural Encounters with the English Speaking World". Erasmus IP Summer Schools held in Glasgow and to be held in Wales [University Coordinator for the years 2012 - 2014] For further details see:

"Evolution of Semantic Systems". Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. [Consortium Member for Sinhala] For further details see:

"The Linguist's Roundtable on Sri Lankan English". University of Duisburg - Essen, Germany on the 16th of November, 2011. [ Organizer & Host] For further details see:


  • "Sketching socio-historical contexts to contact-induced Englishes in Sri Lanka". "Englishes and Cutural Identities in South Asia: Policies and Ideologies in India and Sri Lanka". Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen, Germany on the 13th of July, 2012. [Talk]
  • "The historical contexts to Sri Lankan English". "The Linguists' Roundtable on Sri Lankan English". University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany on the 16th of November, 2011. [Talk]
  • "Sri Lankan English: morpho-syntactic patterns of bilinguals in a linguistic area". "International  Symposium on Bilingualism 8". Oslo, Norway from the 15th -18th of June, 2011. [Poster]
  • "Englishes in Sri Lanka: mapping contact-induced syntactic variations". Rethinking Contact Induced Change". University of Leiden, The Netherlands from the 09th-11th of June, 2011. [Poster and introduction to the topic during a plenary session]
  • "Englishes in Sri Lanka: phonological properties of a contact-induced second language variety". "LOT Winter School". University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands from the 10th-14th of January, 2011. [Poster and Talk]
  • "Sri Lankan English: Mapping speech variation in a "Linguistic Area""."Sociophonetics:at the crossroads of speech variation,processing and communication".Scoula Normale Superiore in Pisa, Italy from the 14-15th of December, 2010. [Poster]
  • "Workshop: Sri Lankan Malay". The Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology Leipzig, Germany on the 10th of November, 2010.
  • "Sri Lankan English: Mapping Phonological Variation in a Multilingual Construct"."Multilingual Individuals & Multilingual Societies". University of Hamburg, Germany from the 6th-8th of October, 2010. [Poster]
  • "Language Attitudes, Use and Shift Patterns in Sri Lanka". "Sinhala Studies Seminar - 2" University of Colombo, Sri Lanka on the 22nd of September, 2009. [Talk]


Courses Taught

Introduction to English Linguistics (two courses throughout April 2008 - April 2013)

Introduction to Language Policy and Planning (SS2008)

Introduction to Field Linguistics (WS08/09)

Introduction to the Philosophy of Language (SS 2009)

World Englishes - Key Topics (WS09/10)

World Englishes - Current Debates (WS09/10)

Contemplaiting English Diahronically - A History of English (SS2010)

A Linguist Joins the Jane Austin Book Club - Sociolinguistic Readings into 19th Century Creative Writing (SS2010)

For Ivory and Tea with English! - The Linguistic Foundations of Colonial Englishes (SS2010)

Collided to be Diverse - An Introduction to Language Contact & Change (WS10/11)

History of English - An Introduction (SS2011)

Englishes in the British Raj (WS11/12)

A Baby of Multiple Tongues - Introduction to Contact Languages (SS2012)

Sri Lankan English - An Introduction (WS12/13)

Building a Resource Site for Sri Lankan English (SS2014)

South East Asian Englishes - An Introduction (WS14/15)

African Englishes - An Introduction (SS2015)