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ERIC Number: ED091935
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: 0
Gair, James W.; Karunatilaka, W. S.
The present 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 24 lessons of "Colloquial Sinhalese" by G. H. Fairbanks, J. W. Gair, and M. W. S. De Silva (South Asia Program, Cornell University, 1968). Literary features of the language are often described in terms of their colloquial equivalents as presented in the earlier book. Each of the 15 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 which introduce no new grammatical features but give further practice on ones already studied. A cumulative glossary, Sinhala-English, concludes the text. (Author/PM)
Descriptors: Grammar, Indo European Languages, Reading Instruction, Reading Skills, Singhalese, Textbooks, Writing (Composition), Written Language
South Asia Program and Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY. Dept. of Modern Languages and Linguistics.
Identifiers: National Defense Education Act Title VI; Sri Lanka