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Opposing Views on the Origin of Nasalised Plosive Sounds in the Sinhalese Language

Show simple item record Weerasingha, W.C.S. Shashiprabha, K.G.T. Ganepola, G.A.C.S. 2017-02-28T08:47:27Z 2017-02-28T08:47:27Z 2016
dc.identifier.citation Weerasingha, W.C.S., Shashiprabha, K.G.T. and Ganepola, G.A.C.S. 2016. Opposing Views on the Origin of Nasalised Plosive Sounds in the Sinhalese Language. Undergraduate Research Conference on Linguistics (URCL 2016), Department of Linguistics, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. p 56. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2536-8834
dc.description.abstract The contemporary Sinhalese language possesses five unique consonant sounds known as Nasalised Plosives alias Pre-nasal Stops. They are [g], 0]. [Q.]. [a]. [6] represented respectively by the graphemes <w. 0, f:!, <:;. in the standard alphabet. Linguists and traditional grammarians hold opposing views about their realisation as individual sounds. Linguists, i.e. phoneticians who consider their articulatory features and distribution argue them to be individual sounds. Their standpoint is that they should be included in the alphabet since they are of solid phonemic value. Traditional grammarians who merely consider their origin and historical change oppose this view arguing them to be sound combinations. This study intends to present a synopsis of these opposing views commenting on both synchronic and diachronic aspects of these sounds. Data for the study were collected from primary and secondary sources on nasalised stops. These included both traditional grammatical commentaries and findings of spectrographic analyses of speech sounds. It is observed from the analysis of data, that most of the Sinhalese words in contemporary speech containing these sounds are results of gradual sound change of Sanskrit. Pali and Tamil words. During an early stage of the evolution of the Sinhalese language. these sounds have been pronounced as combinations of nasals and their corresponding voiced plosives. However in contemporary speech they have evolved to be individual sounds that cause semantic distinctions. Thus. they are phonemes in the contemporary Sinhalese language and it is justifiable to be included in the standard alphabet. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Department of Linguistics, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka en_US
dc.subject nasalised stops en_US
dc.subject individual sounds en_US
dc.subject phonemic value en_US
dc.subject phoneticians en_US
dc.subject traditional grammarians en_US
dc.title Opposing Views on the Origin of Nasalised Plosive Sounds in the Sinhalese Language en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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