Sujeewa Hettiarachchi is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English. His research interests include theoretical syntax, adult second language acquisition, bilingualism & TESOL methods.
In the domain of syntax, Sujeewa is particularly interested in the syntax-information structure interface and case marking phenomena in Sinhala and other South Asian languages. His research in second language acquisition concerns the acquisition and real-time processing of syntax by adult second language speakers of English.
Some of his recent/current research projects include (i) a study on the relation between volitivity and subject case marking in Sinhala (with C.-T. Tim Chou; Taipei Medical University), (ii) the acquisition and processing of islands and binding constraints by Sinhala-English bilinguals (with Acrisio Pires, Julie Boland and Alan Ke; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor), (iii) an experimental study on flipping in an ESL classroom (with Sarath Ananda) and (iv) information structure, case marking and wh-question formation in the Vedda creole spoken in Sri Lanka.
Sujeewa holds a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, an MA in TESOL from Eastern Michigan University and a BA (Hons) in English from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka.
- On Sinhala subject case marking and A-movement
- L2 Acquisition of Wh-Features and Syntactic Constraints: Evidence for Full-Access Approaches
- Sinhala Object Scrambling Revisited
- Syntactic Competence and Processing: Constraints on Long-distance A-bar Dependencies in Bilinguals
- English language teacher motivation in Sri Lankan public schools
- SINHALA CASE MARKING, MODALITY, AND A-MOVEMENT
- Lessons Learnt in ‘Flipping’ a University Level ESL Classroom.
- Semantic- syntactic interface of Sinhala involitives
- On L2 Syntactic Competence and Processing: Evidence from Sinhala/English Bilinguals
- Sinhala case marking, modality and A-movement
- On Sinhala case marking and involitives
- Sinhala object scrambling revisted
- The syntax of Sinhala object scrambling
- On subject marking and A-movement in Sinhala.
- L2 Acquisition of Wh-features and Syntactic Constraints: Evidence for full-access approaches
- L2 acquisition of wh-features and syntactic constraints: Evidence for full-access approaches