- Language: Sinhala
- Alternate names: SINHALESE, SINGHALESE, SINGHALA, CINGALESE
- Language code: sin
- Language family: Indo-European, Indo-Iranian, Indo-Aryan, Sinhalese-Maldivian
- Number of speakers: 13220000
There is a great difference between the literary and the colloquial language. The Rodiya dialect is spoken by low caste Rodiya people. National language. Dictionary. Grammar. SOV; 7 long vowels, 7 short vowels, 24 consonants, including 4 which are prenasalized; gender, number, and case agreement between subject and verb in literary Sinhala. Sinhalese script, which is syllabic. Earliest writing dates to 3rd century B.C. Buddhist. Bible 1823-1982.
- Geiger, Wilhelm. A Grammar of the Sinhalese language. Asian Educational Services. Colombo, 1938.