“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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Sinhala Alphabet

After the fall of the Kandyan KingdomSinhala Lith Illakkam were primarily used for writing horoscopes. Goykanadi Cham alphabet Tigalari alphabet Malayalam script Dhives akuru. This article contains IPA phonetic symbols.

The Brahmic script and its descendants. History of writing Grapheme.

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The diacritic shape is used when a vowel follows a consonant. Certain combinations of graphemes trigger special ligatures. Note that although modern Sinhala sounds are not aspirated, aspiration is marked in the sound where it was historically present to highlight the differences in modern spelling.

Types of writing systems. Dutch English Portuguese Sanskrit Tamil.

Free Sinhala fonts and software http: Vowels come in two shapes: This is because Sinhala used to be written on dried palm leaveswhich would split along the veins on writing straight lines. Both are represented in the image on the right side.


Sinhalese had special symbols to represent numerals, which were in use until the beginning of the 19th century.

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The Sinhalese script is an abugida written from left to right. The Sinhalese script Sinhalese: The Sinhalese script is a Brahmi derivateand was imported from Northern India, around the 3rd century Sibhala, [3] but was influenced at various stages by South Indian scripts, manifestly influenced by the early Grantha script.

Another block, Sinhala Archaic Numberswas added to Unicode in version 7. Sinhala at a glance Native name: The high contrast style is still preferred for text typesetting in printed newspapers, books and magazines in Sri Lanka.

Home News Alphabets Phrases Search. While a phoneme can be hodoya by more than one grapheme, each grapheme can be pronounced in only one way.

Sinhala lessons and courses http: Accessible publishing Braille literacy RoboBraille. Some of the more common are displayed in the following table.

It adds letters for aspiratesretroflexes and sibilantswhich are not phonemic in today’s Sinhala, but which are necessary to represent non-native words, like loanwords from Sanskrit ohdiya, Pali or English. These numerals are no longer used in written Sinhala, instead the Western-style numerals are used.


Sinhalese script

These digits and numbers can be seen primarily in Royal documents and artefacts. This high contrast type gradually replaced the monolinear type as the preferred style which continues to be used in the present day. For an introductory guide on IPA symbols, see Help: The use of the extra letters is mainly a question of prestige. Prior to the fall of Kandyan Kingdom all calculations were carried out using Lith digits.

Retrieved from ” https: Sinhala is also known as Sinhalese or Singhala – the latter version is closer to the pronunciation native name.

They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. Vowels may be attached to any of the ligatures formed, attaching to the rightmost part of the glyph except for vowels that use the kombuvawhere the kombuva is written sinhzla the ligature sinyala cluster and the remainder of the vowel, if any, is attached to the rightmost part.

The independent shape is used when a vowel does not follow a consonant, e.