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Sinhala is one of the official languages of Sri Lanka and the mother tongue of over 70% of the population. Outside Sri Lanka it is used among immigrant populations in the U.K., North America, Australia and some European and Middle Eastern countries. As for the genetic relation, it belongs to the Indo-Aryan branch of the Indo-European languages. Although the earliest surviving literature in Sinhala dates from the 8th century A.D. its written tradition has traced a longer path of more than 2000 years.

Among the major topics covered in this volume are the writing system, phonology, morphology, grammatical constructions and discourse and pragmatic aspects of Sinhala. Written in a clear and lucid style, the book presents a rich sampling of the data and serves a useful typological reference. Therefore this is required reading for not only linguists and Sinhala specialists but also to anyone interested in language, thought, and culture.

[London Oriental and African Language Library, 15]  2010.  xv, 296 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Romanization and text presentation
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Writing system
Chapter 3. Sounds
Chapter 4. Words
Chapter 5. Morphology
Chapter 6. Morphology-syntax interface
Chapter 7. Argument structures
Chapter 8. Noun phrase and verb phrase constructions
Chapter 9. Grammatical constructions
Chapter 10. Expanded sentences
Chapter 11. Sentence and information structure
Chapter 12. Discourse and grammar
Chapter 13. Pragmatics and grammar
Chapter 14. Sample texts
“Aujourd’hui, on ne peut qu’accueillir avec enthousiasme la parution d’une nouvelle monographie sur le singhalais qui tenterait d’enrichir la réflexion sur cette langue entamée il y a plus d’un siècle”
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BIC Subject: CF/2BMS – Linguistics/Sinhalese
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2009045280 | Marc record