Sinhala - Literary Sinhala

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This text is an introduction to the literary form of Sinhala, the official language of Sri Lanka. It is intended for those students who have a basic command of the colloquial language, specifically the equivalent of at least twenty-four lessons of Colloquial Sinhala by G. H. Fairbanks, J. W. Gair, and M. W. S. De Silva. Literary features of the language are often described in terms of their colloquial equivalents. Each of the fifteen lessons here includes a main reading and a glossary. These are graded for grammatical features so that they must be done in order. The grammar section of each lesson deals with new features found in the main reading. Each lesson concludes with two supplementary readings that introduce no new grammatical features but give further practice on ones already studied. A cumulative glossary, Sinhala-English, concludes the text.

Authors: James W. Gair and W.S. Karunatilaka with the assistance of Gregory Pearson and Heloise Perera
Print Length: 429 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 978-9992721261
Language Note: English and Sinhala
Publisher: Cornell University South Asia Program and Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics
Publication Date: 1974

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