Abstract

Negombo Fishermen's Tamil, a dialect of Tamil from coastal Sri Lanka spoken by bilingual Catholic fishermen, exhibits many features of contact-induced change. Based on data collected in the Negombo area during 2000 and 2001, I conclude that Negombo Fishermen's Tamil has undergone significant amounts of borrowing and grammatical realignment under the influence of Colloquial Sinhala, an unusual instance of South Asian contact-induced change in the direction from Dravidian to Indo-Aryan. This has likely been conditioned by the Catholic religion of the Negombo Fishermen's Tamil-speaking community within a predominantly Buddhist and Hindu society.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1944-6527
Print ISSN
0003-5483
Pages
pp. 310-343
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-25
Open Access
No
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