Dept. of Linguistics & English,

Faculty of Arts,

University of Jaffna,


Jaffna, Sri Lanka.


TP: (+94) 021 222 9604

Email:  linguistics at

Prof. (Ms). S. Ramesh

B.A. , M.A. , Ph.D. (Jaffna)
Senior Lecturer Gr. I

Ph.D Title:
A Contrastive Study of nominalization in Tamil and Sinhala


  • Subathini,R “Problems in Translating Personal Pronouns and Kinship Terms in Tamil into English in Jaffna Society” International Conference on Language, Society and Culture in Asian Contexts (LSCAC), Mahasarakam University, Thailand and Centre for Study of Foreign Languages, School of Humanities, University of Hyderabad, India 2014.

  • Subathini, R., “Assessing English as Lingua Franca in Sri Lankan Education” IATEFL, Testing, Evaluation and Assessment, SIG Conference, Sienna, Italy 2013.
  • Subathini, R., “Diminishing or Vanishing Cultures in Sri Lanka” International Conference on Asian Art, Culture and Heritage, Centre for Asian Studies –University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, Colombo 2013. Pp.133.
  • Subathini, R., “Attitude towards Sri Lankan English -On going Debate” International Research Conference, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Colombo, 2013 , Pp 98- 99.
  • Subathini,R., “Comparative Study of Modal Auxiliaries in Jaffna Tamil and Sinhala Languages” 37th All India Conference of Dravidian Linguists, Kerala, India, 2009.
  • Subathini, R., “Is English as a Killing Language in ESL Classrooms?”42nd International Conference of IATEFL, Exeter, UK, 2008.
  • Subathini, R., “Importance of Grammar Translation Method on ESL class room context” 41st International Conference of IATEFL, Aberdeen, UK, 2007.
  • Subathini,R., “English for Specific purposes- It’s importance in Sri Lankan University system” 40th International Conference of IATEFL, Harrogate, UK 2006.
  • Subathini, R., “Testing Errors in Teaching of English as a Second Language” 10th International Conference of Sri Lanka Studies, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, 2005, Pp 93.
  • Subathini, R., “Deverbal Nouns in Sinhala”, 31st All India Conference of Dravidian Linguists Kanchipuram, India, 2003.
  • Subathini,R., “The role of translation in culture: translating in Tamil culture via English for Sinhala”, 4th All International Conference on South Asian Languages(ICOSAL-4),CAS in Linguistics, Annamalai University and CIIL, Mysore 2002 , Pp 80.
  • Subathini, R., Adjectives and Adjectival Nominals in Sinhala Language”, ICOSAL-II, Dept. of Anthropological Linguistics and Punjabi Language, Punjab University, Patiala, India 1999, Pp100.
  • Subathini,R., “Contrastive study of a few Complementizers in Tamil and Sinhala”, Social Science abstract. Vol. XXI, Indian Academy of Social Sciences, Allahabad, India, 1997, Pp 71.
  • Subathini, R., “The Structure of the Relative Clause in Tamil and Sinhala”, 25th All India Conference of Dravidian Linguists, Madras, India, 1997.
  • Subathini.R, “ Beliefs in Jaffna Society”, Sixth All India Conference Folk Lore, Society of South Indian Languages,Tamil University, Thanjavur,India 1997.


Published in refereed Journals

  • Subathini, R., “Nominalization in Tamil and Sinhala: A Contrastive Analysis”, The Sri Lanka Journal of South Asian Studies, No 11, Faculty of Arts, University of Jaffna, 2005. Pp. 1-16, ISSN -1800-1130.
  • Subathini,R., “The practice of Translation: Problems and Procedures in Social Sciences”, The Sri Lanka Journal of South Asian Studies, No.10, Faculty of Arts, University of Jaffna 2004. Pp.79-91, ISSN 1800-113.
  • Subathini, R., “The Notion of Subject in Tamil” The Sri Lanka Journal of South Asian Studies, No.6, Faculty of Arts, University of Jaffna 1998/1999, Pp.87- 91 (Silver Jubilee Volume)
  • Subathini,R., “tamizhmozhiyillakarameyirruppuNarcci–anRuminRum” (Final lakara consonantal sandhi in Tamil Language – Then and Now) ‘Cintanai’ Vol.iv, Faculty of Arts, University of Jaffna ,1990, Pp 65-69.


Presented and Published at the Seminars/ Conferences (Published as full papers)

  • Subathini, R.“naDaiyiyal nookkil naavukkarasar’ (Stylistic point of view on Naavukkarasar), Annual Research Seminar on “MoovarThamizhumSaivanerium”, Dept. of Hindu Religious and Affairs, Colombo, 2014, Pp, 315-329, ISBN: 978-955-9233-33-6.
  • Subathini,R., “naalaayirativviya pirapantamkalin mozhi naDai :maNipiravaaLam”, (Language style in naalaayirativviya pirapantam: maNippiravaaLam), Annual Research Seminar on “Vijayanagara empire and cultural revival” Department of Hindu Religious and Cultural Affairs, Colombo, 2010, Pp.499-509, ISBN: 978-955-9233-17-6.
  • Subathini,R., “mozhiyiyal nookkil kamparaamayaNam: SuntaraKaaNDatthinmozhinaDaiutthikaL”(Linguistics point of view on kamparaamayaNam : Stylistic techniques on SuntaraKaaNDam) Annual Research Seminar on “Cola Empire and its Religious Tradition”, Dept of Hindu Religious and Affairs, Colombo 2009, Pp.258-267.
  • Subathini,R., The study of Complementizers in Tamil and Sinhala”, Tamizhiyal aayvu, International Society for Tamil Cultural Studies, Madurai, India, 1998, Pp. 165-170.
  • Subathini,R., “peerakaraatiyum ilamkait tamizh coRkaLum ”, (Greater Tamil lexicon and Sri Lankan Tamil words All Indian Scientific Tamil Society (Seventh Seminar) Tamil University, Thanjavur, India, 1998. Pp. 448-456.
  • Subathini,R., “yaazhppaaNap peeccut tamizhil nookkut tuNai vinaikaL”(Aspectual Auxiliary verbs in Jaffna Spoken Tamil), tamizh ilakkaNap pookkukaL, National Seminar, School of Indian Languages, Tamil University, Thanjavur, India, 2010, Pp 135-144.
  • Subathini,R., “The study of Adjectives in Tamil and Sinhala, “tamizh mozhiyum ilakkaNamkaLum”, National Seminar, School of Indian Languages, Tamil University, Thanjavur, India, 2007, Pp 407-411.
  • Subathini,R., “yaazhppaaNa peeccu vazhakku”yaazhppaanam:mozhiyum vaazhvum. (Jaffna Spoken Variety), Prof.Sivalingarajah’s 60th Birthday Volume, Jaffna, 2005, Pp 14-24, ISBN-955-1452-00-3.
  • Subathini, R., “Second Language Acquisition: Lexical Substitution” Current Trends in Tamilology, Prof.S.Rajaram Commemoration Volume, Tamil University, Tanjavur, India, 2002, Pp 176-181.
  • Subathini,R., “The position of English Language in Tamil Society” - The tradition and the challenge”, Proceedings of Jaffna Science Association, University of Jaffna, 2002, Pp 146- 156.
  • Subathini,R .,“The role of translation in culture some aspects of translating in Tamil culture via English for Sinhala Tamil Integration,”Explanatory symposium on Translation. University of Peredeniya, 2001
  • Subathini,R., “coR puNarcciyum mozhi kaRpittalum:lakara iiRRup puNarccipaRRiyaaayvu (Lexical Sandhi and Language Teaching: Study of the final position of ‘l’ Sandhi) Communication Language and Modernization, Proceedings of the International Seminar on Tamil Linguistics, Ministry of Hindu Religious &Cultural Affairs, 1993. Pp 188-210.



  • Subathini, R., “A Contrastive Study of Nominalization in Tamil and Sinhala” Kumaran Book House, Colombo – Chennai, 2009, Pp 227, ISBN 978-955-659-191-0.
  • Subathini .R, Balasubramaniam, K and Ratnamalar.K “Studies in Sri Lankan Tamil Linguistics and Culture” – Prof.S.Suseendirarajah’s Commemoration Volume, 1998.
  • Subathini .R and Rajaram.R “tamizh mozhiyiyal cintanaykaL” (The Thoughts of Tamil Linguistics) , Prof.S.Suseendirarajah’s articles on Linguistics, 1999.
  • Subathini, R., “ Iizhattu IlakkaNa AaLumaikaL 1: Cunnakam A. Cumaracuwamy Pulavarin IlakkaNa cantirikai, Vinaip pakupata ViLakkam. (Grammatical Personalities in Sri Lanka 1), Kumaran Book House, 2008, Pp131, ISBN 955-659-145-3.
  • Subathini, R., “ iizhattut tamizhc cirappuc coRkaL” (Peculiar words in Ceylon Tamil), Paranan Associates & Printers, Colombo, 2005, Pp 410, ISBN 955-8435-01-X .
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