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SLPC launches glossary for media, communications studies

Kalakeerthi Dr. Edwin Ariyadasa presents a prize to one of the winners of the essay competition, at the Centre for Banking Studies yesterday. Picture by Sulochana Gamage
Kalakeerthi Dr. Edwin Ariyadasa presents a prize to one of the winners of the essay competition, at the Centre for Banking Studies yesterday. Picture by Sulochana Gamage

The Glossary of Technical Terms for Communication and Media Studies published by the Sri Lanka Press Council (SLPC) was launched yesterday at the Centre for Banking Studies auditorium.

Delivering the keynote address at the event, veteran journalist Kalakeerthi Dr. Edwin Ariyadasa underscored the importance of having such a glossary to get the essence and spirit of technical terms in the field of communication and media studies.

He appreciated the dedicated service rendered by the panel of editors which comprised Kelaniya University’s former head of Department of Mass Communication, Emeritus Prof. Sunanda Mahendra, Kelaniya University’s former Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences, Faculty of Graduate Studies, Emeritus Prof. Chandrasiri Rajapakshe, Colombo University’s Head of Department of Sinhala, Prof. Sandagomi Coperahewa and Colombo University’s Senior Lecturer Department of English Language Teaching, Dr. Asantha U. Attanayake.

The awards ceremony of the Kumaratunga Munidasa Commemorative Essay Competition was also held along with the launch of the dictionary.

Delivering the Kumaratunga Munidasa commemorative oration on the occasion, Colombo University’s Head, Department of Sinhala, Prof. Sandagomi Coperahewa underlined the importance of language planning for a country.

“Most developed countries including Japan, France, China, and Russia have given priority to their native languages,” he said. “The largeness of a certain community is not a reason to promote their native language.”

“Pioneer linguist and Hela Haula Movement founder Kumaratunga Munidasa did not completely reject foreign languages. As a person who worked with several languages, he always stressed the importance of giving priority to the native language,” Prof. Coperahewa added.

Mass Media Ministry Secretary Sunil Samaraweera, Sri Lanka Press Council Chairman Koggala Wellala Bandula, veteran musician Jagath Wickramasinghe and Press Commissioner Niroshan Thambawita were also present.

 


 

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