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Language: Sinhala

  • Apr 22, 2012
  • 04:43 PM

President responding to people's wishes through Trilingual SL

Disna Mudalige / Ceylon Daily News
The 10 year national plan for a Trilingual Sri Lanka provides the blueprint for the first determined effort by any administration since 1987 to seriously implement the provisions for a Trilingual Sri Lanka already available in the law with the passing of the 13th amendment to the constitution, said Presidential Adviser and coordinator of the Special Presidential Initiative for a Trilingual Sri Lanka, Sunimal Fernando.
  • Apr 10, 2012
  • 05:49 PM

Trilingual kids who will never be tongue-tied

Iva Pocock / The Irish Times
MY FIRST experience of trilingual children was living in Sri Lanka in 2005, where many of the kids I met spoke Tamil, Sinhala and English. I was astounded when I realised that they could also read and write in these languages, a feat requiring knowledge of three completely different scripts – the Roman alphabet, Tamil script with more than 200 letters, and Sinhalese which has more than 50 characters.
  • Mar 27, 2012
  • 11:52 PM

The Laguages of Sri Lanka: A Model for national unity

Devanesan Nesiah / The Island
In Sri Lanka, a three language policy would be the appropriate use of Sinhala Tamil and English with due flexibility in respect of medium of instruction in schools and the language of administration and record in particular localities. There are good educational reasons to encourage the use of the Mother Tongue (the home language) as the medium of instruction in the primary school
  • Feb 18, 2012
  • 02:28 PM

Trilingual Lanka, recipe for unity

Rasika Somarathna / Ceylon Daily News
The initiative for a Trilingual Sri Lanka will enable the country's youths to achieve cultural and socio - economic unity, former Indian President Dr Abdul Kalam said addressing the launch of the Trilingual Lanka initiative in Colombo on Saturday.
  • Jan 03, 2012
  • 02:21 AM

K.N.O. Dharmadasa - linguist who doesn't rest on his laurels

Ceylon Daily News
This week Reminiscences features one of the pioneers of the discipline of Modern Linguistics in Sri Lanka. He writes on a variety of subjects both in Sinhala and English and his books have been published locally and abroad. This scholar of international repute is none other than Dr. K. N.O. Dharmadasa, Professor Emeritus, and the former Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Peradeniya University.
  • Dec 15, 2011
  • 01:04 AM

National language policy: President wants total implementation

Chamikara Weerasinghe / Ceylon Daily News
Language policymakers and institutional leaders at state level are rapidly taking measures to elevate the status of bilingualism at public institutions, sequel to a call by President Mahinda Rajapaksa to ensure 100 percent implementation of the country’s national language policy.
  • Nov 24, 2011
  • 02:42 PM

Sri Lanka looks for national unification through language

MSN India
Colombo, Nov 24 (PTI) Sri Lanka has taken steps to address one of the main causes of the ethnic tensions which had led to the decades old separatist conflict in the island nation by motivating people to be trilingual, officials said. People will be encouraged to be conversant with Sinhala, Tamil and English under a national action plan.
  • Nov 16, 2011
  • 06:17 PM

Cybertools Streamline Language Research

Bob Hackett / The Cornell Daily Sun
Examples of these cybertools include an “experiment bank”, which will allow for more ease in experimental replication, as well as a “data transcription and analysis tool”, which will provide, through graphical interfaces, a structure for such computer-based research. The Lab is also partnering with Albert R. Mann Library’s Sinhala archive, a rare collection of audio recordings of native Sinhala speakers...
  • Jul 16, 2011
  • 10:43 PM

Ending language discrimination

Ceylon Daily News
Although it took some time in coming, all right thinking Sri Lankans could take deep satisfaction in the fact that there is now parity of status for our national languages, Sinhala and Tamil. These are also the official languages of the land and the agencies of the state have no choice but to transact all their chores with the public in these languages.
  • Jun 23, 2011
  • 08:22 PM

Redefining language

Sajitha Prematunge / Ceylon Daily News
Nearly 90 percent of Sinhala speaking people cannot communicate in Tamil and cannot communicate effectively in English. Whereas 70 percent of Tamil speaking people in Sri Lanka cannot communicate in Sinhala. But the new Presidential initiative on a trilingual Sri Lanka plans to change this.
  • May 19, 2011
  • 02:05 PM

Rights activists call for dual language policy

Daily Mirror
Christian and Hindu priests and Northern rights activists met National Languages Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara to discuss the problems and challenges faced by Tamil-speaking people in relation to the official language policy.’ The Sri Lankan constitution lays down that Sinhala and Tamil should be the official and administrative languages...
  • May 07, 2011
  • 09:30 PM

Jaffna- War Tourism And Language Imposition

Dilrukshi Handunnetti / Sunday Leader
Visiting Jaffna, one cannot help but observe what the sudden influx of tourists is doing to a culturally conservative place- and how Jaffna’s primary language is being relegated to a backseat.
  • May 07, 2011
  • 12:08 AM

Birth, death certificates to go bilingual

Asela Kuruluwansa / Ceylon Daily News
The National Languages and Social Integration Ministry has directed the authorities to issue birth and death certificates in both Sinhala and Tamil languages in future, said minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara.
  • May 07, 2011
  • 12:02 AM

CBSL promotes Tamil language proficiency

Daily Mirror
The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) in collaboration with the Department of Official Languages (DOL) launched a scheme in 2010 to facilitate its staff to enhance their proficiency in the Tamil language. The objective of this scheme was to provide the staff with the necessary skills in both Sinhala and Tamil Languages...
  • Apr 30, 2011
  • 08:25 PM

The joys of a small print run

Ameena Hussein / Himal Southasian
The 1956 Language Act made Sinhala the country’s official language, effectively sounding the death knell of English as a spoken, written and read language. The subsequent steady decline in readership naturally made it unprofitable for the few existing publishing houses to invest in producing novels, memoirs or poetry in English...
  • Apr 17, 2011
  • 10:33 PM

‘Language proficiency will enhance unity’

Ridma Dissanayake / Daily News
“All Sinhalese people should have Tamil language proficiency and Tamils should be proficient in Sinhala. “This helps develop trust and unity among people,” said Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Dr Rajitha Senaratne...