Dr. Upul Priyantha Gamage  


Senior Lecturer (Grade II)
Department of Sinhala
+94112857786
upulpg@bpu.ac.lk / gamageup@gmail.com
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Academic Qualification 

  • Bachelor of Arts (Special)-University of Colombo
  • Master of Arts in Linguistics-University of Kelaniya
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Sociolinguistics - BPU
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Linguistics – CCNU, China 
  • Accredited International Pedagogical ICT License holder
  • International Customer Care Skills Passport holder
  • Certificate in Forensic Linguistics (CCNU, China)
  • Certificate in Public Chinese (CCNU, China)

Professional Qualifications

  • International Pedagogical ICT License
  • International Customer Care Skills Passport

Academic Experience

  • Senior Lecturer at the Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka from 06/05/2014 to date
  • Probationary Lecturer – The University of Colombo in 2014
  • Asst. Director (RES) – The Open University of Sri Lanka in 2014
  • Head of the Department-Language & Soft Skills Training Department at Orient Academy Limited from 01/06/2009 to 2013
  • Asst. Manager-Soft Skills Training at TGKICT Pvt. Ltd. From 01/10/2007 to 30/05/2009
  • Lecturer/Trainer at MMBL Cyber Skills Pvt. Ltd. From 01/10/2005 to 30/09/2007
  • Visiting Lecturer at The Open University of Sri Lanka from 01/07/2006 to date (Faculty of Education and Faculty of HSS)

Administration

  • Coordinator of Bachelor of Arts External Degree Programme from  2021 November to date, Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka.
  • Editor-Journal of Language Studies in 2020-21 (Vol.4 Issue II and Vol.5 Issue I) published by Faculty of Language Studies, Buddhist & Pali University of Sri Lanka.
  • Asst. Director (RES) – the Open University of Sri Lanka in 2014
  • Secretary of the BPUTA in 2016
  • Head of the Department-Language & Soft Skills Training Department at Orient Academy Limited from 01/06/2009 to 2013
  • Ass. Manager-Soft Skills Training at TGKICT Pvt. Ltd. From 01/10/2007 to 30/05/2009

National Endeavours

  • A Member of Review Panel, State Literary Festival of Sri Lanka, Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Sri Lanka in 2020 and 2021.

Research interests

  • Systemic functional linguistics
  • Sociolinguistics with special reference to language policy-planning & language contact phenomenon
  • Pragmatics
  • Forensic linguistics
  • Second language acquisition and teaching
  • Literature & literary criticism

International/ National Seminar Presentations

  • Gamage, U. P. (2020). Journals as an Input Tool to Build up Cosmopolitan Academics, Staff Development Programme, Homagama, BPU.
  • Gamage, U. P. (2018). The Theravada Buddhist Stance of the Women, Femininity and the Women in Buddhist Tradition in Buddha's Period, a presentation at the annual Buddhist conference. Digne-Les-Bains, France: Alexandra David Neel Museum.
  • Gamage, U. P. (2017). Historical derivations, Arguments and the Current Functions of the Original Buddhist Language (Pali) in Sri Lanka, a presentation at the annual Buddhist conference. Digne-Les-Bains, France: Alexandra David Neel Museum.
  • Gamage, U. P. (2013). Is speaking English our Way a Lingual Anarchy? an analysis of the Sri Lankan English Movement. Colombo: IHRA, University of Colombo.
  • Gamage, U. P. (2013). Eloquence in First Language as an Enabling Factor of Speaking Second Language: Case of English Language Learning in Sri Lanka. Soul, Korea: Sookmyung Women’s University.
  • Gamage, U. P. (2012). Applying Pedagogical Aspects with ICT Integration and Managing Traditional Drudgery of Classroom in Sri Lankan Government Schools. Lucknow, India: Subhash Chandra Bose P.G. College.
  • Gamage, U.P., & Senevirathne, P. (2012). Error Patterns of Addition in Sri   Lankan   Pre-school Children. Lucknow, India: Subhash Chandra Bose P.G. College.
  • Gamage, U.P. (2012). Is Language Taboo a myth in general terms? with special reference to verbs in the Sinhala Language. Forli, Italy: University of Bologna.
  • Gamage, U.P. (2012). Colloquial Sinhala & contradictories of pre-determined syntactic structures of formal linguistics. Colombo: The Buddhist & Pali University of Sri Lanka.
  • Gamage, U.P. (2012). Literary text as a way of learning administrative lessons with special reference to Wimalarathne Kumaragama. Colombo: Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka.
  • Gamage, U.P. (2011). Continuous multiple motivation in English language teaching. Osaka, Japan: AIFA.
  • Gamage, U.P. (2011). Skills development strategies to enhance employability in post-war Sri Lanka. Chennai, India: Sai Ram Institute of Management Studies.
  • Gamage, U.P. (2011). Poetics of governance: Humanistic social ideology of Wimalarathne Kumaragama’s poetry. Colombo: Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka.
  • Gamage, U.P. (2011). Linguistic Discriminations Which Hamper the Country Development: with special reference to male dominancy in noun patterns of Sinhalese and English Language. Batticaloa: The South Eastern University of Sri Lanka.
  • Gamage, U.P. (2010). Success & Failures of English Language Teaching. Badulla: Uva Wellassa University of Sri Lanka.
  • Gamage, U.P. (2010). Motivation as a Key Factor in English Language Teaching. Jaffna: The Jaffna University of Sri Lanka.

Research & Publications

Books

  • Gamage, U.P. (2017). Beddegama Sevanaya (Reading the Novel of the Village in the Jungle). Rajagiriya: Agahas publication.
  • Gamage, U.P.  (2016). The Tenses of the English Language. Maradana: Godage.
  • Gamage, U. P. & Seneviratne, P. (2011). Perapasal Guruwaraya (A translation of Teacher Tested Techniques of Classroom Management book to Sinhala). Colombo: Author publication.
  • Gamage, U.P. (2009). Jäthika Chinthanaya (National Thought): an academic attempt to review Gunadasa Amarasekara’s collected works. Colombo: Author publication.
  • Gamage, U.P. (2009). English Language Teaching Methodologies: MA Thesis submitted to the University of Kelaniya.
  • Gamage, U.P.  (2004). Gunadäsa kapuge, Ăgame Sita Vidyäwa Dakwä: a study of Gunadsa Kapuge’s lyrics as a social phenomenon and his intervention into the social discourse as a broad spectrum singer among Sri Lankans. Colombo: Author publication.

Indexed Journal Articles

  • Gamage, U.P. & Kondowe, W. (2019). A Pragmatic Study of Humour in Udurawana’s Joke Stories of Sri Lanka: Implications for Second Language Teaching and Learning. Theory and Practice in Language Studies, 762-768, UK.
  • Gamage, U.P. & Makangila, S. P. (2019). Modality, Modal Commitment and Modal Responsibility of the Speeches Delivered by the President of Sri Lanka at the UNO General Assembly: A systemic functional analysis. Journal for the Study of English Linguistics, 77-94, USA.
  • Gamage, U.P. & Makangila, S. P. (2019). Conversational Implicature, Humour Theory and the Emergence of Humour: A Pragmatic Analysis of Udurawana’s Stories in Sri Lanka. International Journal of Applied Linguistics and English Literature, (8)6, 67-75, Australia.
  • Gamage, U.P. & Makangila, S. P. (2020). The Translator’s Visibility in Domestication and the Sinhala Translation of ‘The Village in the Jungle’. Journal for the Study of English Linguistics, (8)1, 60-69, USA.

Peer Review Journal Articles

  • Gamage, U. P. (2022). Journals as an Input Tool to Build up Cosmopolitan Academics: Complexity, Advantages and Challenges. Staff Development Proceedings. Buddhist and Pali University: Homagama. 
  • Gamage, U. P. (2021). Linguistic Discrimination with Special Reference to Male Dominance in Noun Patterns of Sinhalese and English Languages. Journal of Sinhala Studies, (2) I, 41-50.
  • Gamage, U. P. (2021). Socio-political Context & the Evolution of Linguistic Communities in Sri Lanka Hand-in-Hand with Language Policy Adoptions. Journal of Sinhala Studies, (2) II, 26-61.
  • Gamage, U.P. (2020). The Philosophical Stance of the Systemic Functional Approach to Language. Journal of Sinhala Studies, (1)II, 1-22.
  • Gamage, U.P. (2017). කලාව යනු කුමක් ද? : ආනන්දයෙන් ම ස්වයං පැවැත්ම තහවුරු කර ගැනීමේ ආත්මාර්ථයෙන් ‘‘කලාව’’ මුදවා ගැනීමේ නිර්වචනාත්මක මැදිහත්වීමක්. BPU Journal of Language Studies. Homagama.
  • Gamage, U. P. (2017).භාෂා ආබාධවලට ලක් වූවන්ගේ සිංහල භාෂා සන්නිවේදනය සහ ගැටලූ අවකාශය: පරිකල්පනයෙන් යථාර්ථයට (Sinhala language communication of impaired people and the problems that they face: from imagination to reality).BPU Journal of Buddhist Studies and Humanities. Homagama.
  • Gamage, U.P. (2016). විචිත‍්‍ර චින්තාවන්ගෙන් ඔබ්බට ගිය ගුණසේන ගලප්පත්තිගේ නාට්‍ය කලාව සනාතන  සමාජ අරගලයේ ප‍්‍රතිබිම්බයක් ලෙස (Gunasena Galappatthi’s stage plays which reflect the contemporary social struggle)" BPU Journal of Buddhist Studies and Humanities. Homagama.
  • Gamage, U. P. (2016). ‘‘ප‍්‍රබුද්ධ’’ කාව්‍යයේ දාර්ශනික පසුබිම, මහගම සේකරගේ දෘෂ්ටිය සහ ඊට ඉවහල් වූ බස (Philosophical background of Prabuddha and Mahagama Sekara’s ideology and language of poetry). Journal of Pali Studies. Homagama.

Creative Works

  • Gamage, U.P. (2019). Frantically Waiting (A free verse). Always CCNU. Central China Normal University, Wuhan.
  • Gamage, U.P. (2012). Eya Saha Eya (She and She) - Sinhala Poems. Colombo: Author publication.
  • Gamage, U.P. (2012). Kalutara Bodiya Langadee, (a poem which was published in the edition of “Ekolosweni Peya” poem collection). Colombo.

Other Journal Articles

  • Gamage, U. P. (2022). නූතන සංවර්ධනයෙන් ආන්තීකරණය වූ ක්‍ෂුද්‍ර ජීවිතයක අඳෝනාව: කවුරුවත් නැහැ කවුරුවත් නැහැ, ඔක්කම්පිටියේ පඥ්ඥාසාර හිමි උපහාර කාලපය, කැලණිය විශ්වවිද්යාලය.
  • Gamage, U. P. (2021).The Inconceivable Reality of Alexandra David Neel: Glimpse Memoirs of her Visit to Ceylon  (Sri Lanka), Sur Les Chemins d’ Alexandra David Neel. Alexandra David Neel Museum, Digne-Les-Bains, France
  • Gamage, U. P. (2019). බැද්දේගම නවකතාවේ වස්තු විෂය සහ භාෂාව (The plot of the Village in the Jungle and its Language). නුවණ, තෙවන වෙළුම, සිව්වන කලාපය, 206-211, අධ්‍යාපන අමාත්‍යංශය.
  • Gamage, U. P. (2019).ප්ලේටෝනියානු ප්‍රේමයේ නූතන අර්ථකථනය : හන්තාන සිහිනේ (Hanthana Sihine song is the modern definition of plataunic love) නුවණැස, Vol. V, 93-103, The Buddhist and Pali University of Homagama.
  • Gamage, U. P. (2018). භාෂාත්මක පරිකල්පනය බිඳ වැටීමේ සුසුම සහ පීඩාව: මම නම් ආසයි අහන්න නයනා (Sigh and affliction of the collapse of metaphysically constructed language world). නුවණැස, Vol. IV, 74-80, The Buddhist and Pali University of Homagama.
  • Gamage, U. P. (2017). සිංහල නවකතාවේ නව ශානරීය අනන්‍යතාවක් ගොඩ නඟන “අහම්බකාරක ”(Formation of a new genre in Sinhalese Novel: Ahambakaraka) නුවණැස, Vol. III, 166-172, The Buddhist and Pali University of Homagama.
  • Gamage, U. P. (2017).කුරුලු හදවත :යථාර්ථවාදී ආඛ්‍යාන ක්‍රමය පිළිබඳ සුපසන් බලාපොරොත්තුවක් (Birds Heart: A very pleasing hope on realistic fiction of Sinhala literature). Magazine of Pali Studies of the Buddhist and Pali University, Vol. IV, 58-65, Homagama.
  • Gamage, U. P. (2017). සංස්කෘතික සහජීවනයට එරෙහි ජාතිවාදය (Racism, against cultural harmony), VINIVIDA. Colombo.
  • Gamage, U. P. (2017). දේශනවල දී පවර්පොයින්ට් "PowerPoint" තහනම් කරමු : එය ළමුන් මෝඩයන් කරන, ගුරුවරුන් එපා කරවන මෙවලමකි, Sandhara, Student Union of Buddhist & Pali University, Homagama.
  • Gamage, U.P. (2016). Meena, Jayatissa Saha Rosalin and Early Sinhalese Novels. English Department Annual Magazine of the Buddhist & Pali University. Homagama.
  • Gamage, U.P. (2016). New Trends and the Issues of Modern Literary Criticism in Sri Lanka: With Special Reference to Sinhala Literary Criticism. English Department Annual Magazine of the Buddhist & Pali University. Maradana: Godage.
  • Gamage, U. P. (2015). කලාවේ හුදෙකලා වූ කලාකරුවා ශ‍්‍රමාභිවන්දනයෙන් ඔබ්බට ගෙන ගිය මේ තරම් සියුමැලි ද කළු ගල් (A song which took away the isolated artist from felicitation of his labour)" නුවණැස.  Maradana: Godage.
  • Gamage, U. P. (2016). මිනිස් හැඟීම් වර්ණ ගැන්වීම වෙනුවට යථාර්ථය ඥානනය කිරීමට ඉවහල් වූ මඩු කොකු මිටේ කතාව (The story of bunch of the Madu Leaves), Staff Development Proceedings of The Buddhist and Pali University. Homagama.
  • Gamage, U. P. (2016). සේකර, ප‍්‍රබුද්ධ සහ සමාජ යථාර්ථය (Mahagama Sekara, Prabuddha and Social reality), නුවණැස. The Buddhist and Pali University of Homagama.
  • Gamage, U. P. (2016). යථාර්ථවාදය යනු කුමක්ද? (What is realism?) Sihiwatana Pustakaya of The Buddhist and Pali University. Homagama.
  • Gamage, U. P. (2017). සිංහල නවකතාවේ නව ශානරීය අනන්‍යතාවක් ගොඩ න`ගන ‘‘අහම්බකාරක’’ (Formation of a new genre in Sinhalese Novel: Ahambakaraka) kqjKei. The Buddhist and Pali University of Homagama.
  • Gamage, U. P. (2017). කුරුලූ හදවත :යථාර්ථවාදී ආඛ්‍යාන ක‍්‍රමය පිළිබ`ද සුපසන් බලාපොරොත්තුවක් (Birds Heart: A very pleasing hope on realistic fiction of Sinhala literature). Magazine of Pali Studies of the Buddhist and Pali University, Homagama.

Academic Distinctions, Scholarships, Prizes

  • The Excellent International (PhD) Student Award offered by the Central China Normal University in 2022. 
  • The Excellent International (PhD) Student Award offered by the Central China Normal University in 2019. 
  • The Best Presenter at the Staff Development Research Forum of the Staff Development Programme conducted by the Staff Development Center of the University of Kelaniya in 2014.
  • The best Portfolio award for the Staff Development Training Portfolio report in the 2014 cycle conducted by the University of Kelaniya.
  • International award in train the trainer conducted by City & Guilds.

Current Research Activities

  • A systemic functional approach to language policy in Sri Lanka: past and present (Ph.D. research)
  • Phonetic Similarities and dissimilarities of lexical realizations of two language concepts in hundred languages from different language families in the world.
  • Emergene of humour through the language.
  • Pali and Sanskrit lexical influence in Sinhala.
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