“Sinhala Alphabet” helps our children learn Sinhala alphabet and numbers by sight and sound recognition. Each letter and number is associated with voice and . Sinhala Hodiya Alphabet Symbols, Alpha Patterns . Details of the Sinhala alphabet and language, which is spoken mainly in Sri Lanka by about 12 million .

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The use of the extra letters is mainly a question of prestige. Dutch English Portuguese Sanskrit Tamil.

Colombo Apothecaries’ Company, Limited. Vowels come in two shapes: This high contrast type gradually replaced the monolinear type as the preferred style which continues to be used in the present day. It also used as a second language by another 3 million people belonging to other ethnic groups in Sri Lanka, where sinhsla is one of the official and national languages, along with Tamil. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The Sinhalese script is a Brahmi derivateand was imported from Northern India, around the 3rd century BC, [3] but was influenced at various stages by South Indian scripts, manifestly influenced by the early Grantha script.

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Sinhala Alphabet

This is not very problematic as the second one is extremely scarce. History of the Evolution of the Sinhala Alphabet.


This system is now superseded by Hindu—Arabic numeral system. Click on [show] on the right if you see only boxes below. Sinhala at a glance Native name: Another naming convention is to use al- before a letter with suppressed vowel, thus alkayanna.

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Sinhalese script

Online news in Sinhala http: The Brahmic script and its descendants. Einhala publishing Braille literacy RoboBraille. The Sinhalese script is an abugida written from left to right. Every sequence of sounds of the Sinhalese language of today can be represented by these graphemes.

Sinhalese script – Wikipedia

These digits and numbers can be seen primarily in Royal documents and artefacts. The first one is the most common one, while the second one is used for letters ending at the top left corner.

Click on [show] on the right if you only see boxes below. By the 9th century AD, literature written in Sinhalese script had emerged and the script began to be used in other contexts. Display this table as an image. Depending on the vowel, the diacritic can attach at several places. The earliest surviving literature in Sinhala dates from the 9th century AD. In other projects Wikimedia Commons.

SinhalesePaliSanskrit. More Sinhala links http: Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This article contains IPA phonetic sinuala. While a phoneme hodlya be represented by more than one grapheme, each grapheme can be pronounced in only one way.


Without proper rendering supportyou may see question marks, boxes, or other symbols instead of Unicode characters. The tradition of writing degrees and minutes of zodiac signs in horoscopes continued into the 20th century using different versions of Lith Digits.

The high contrast style is still preferred for text typesetting in printed newspapers, books and magazines in Sri Lanka. Home News Alphabets Phrases Search. In the Dutch were the first to print with Sinhalese type on the island.

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Sihala diacritic shape is used when a vowel follows a consonant. It adds letters for aspiratesretroflexes and sibilantswhich are not phonemic in today’s Sinhala, but which are necessary to represent non-native words, like hodya from SanskritPali or English. Overview History of writing Grapheme.

Sinhalese script was added to the Unicode Standard in September with the release of version 3. These numerals are no longer used in written Sinhala, instead the Western-style numerals are used. Vowels are transliterated according to English spelling equivalences, which can yield a variety of spellings for a number of phonemes.

The kunddaliya was formerly used as a full stop. Central Southern Maldivian Rodiya dialect Vedda language.