Sinhala Language - Sri Lanka

Sinhala LanguageSinhala language is also referred as Helabasa. Sinhalese people of Sri Lanka communicate in the Sinhala language. This language is considered to have derived from the Indo Aryan branch of languages.
In Sri Lanka, Sinhala is recognized as one of the official languages. It is the mother tongue of about 15 million people. It is also serves as a second language to many other groups of Sri Lanka. The Sinhala alphabets are supposed to have originated from Indian Brahmi script. This language has 14 vowels and 26 consonants. It is written from left to right. The modern form of Sinhala language is also spoken in the Lakshadweep and Maldives Islands.
The origin of the Sinhala language can be traced back to about 5th Century B.C when immigrants from north eastern India came to Sri Lanka. The immigrants were influenced by Hela tribes of Sri Lanka. The language of Sinhala was influenced by Sanskrit and Pali language. It also came under the influence of Dravidian language and borrowed many words from this group of language. Sinhala language thus underwent a number of stages of developments at different points of time.
The initial scripts of Sinhala language was found in Brahmi characters written on a rock which dated back to about 200 B.C. The literary language underwent many developmental stages and the modern spoken language varies a lot from its initial stage. Literary works in Sinhala language began during 20th Century.

08:53 AM Friday December 21nd, 2012


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