Negombo Fishermen's Tamil: A Case of Indo-Aryan Contact-Induced Change in a Dravidian Dialect

@article{Bonta2010NegomboFT,
  title={Negombo Fishermen's Tamil: A Case of Indo-Aryan Contact-Induced Change in a Dravidian Dialect},
  author={Steven Bonta},
  journal={Anthropological Linguistics},
  year={2010},
  volume={52},
  pages={310 - 343}
}
  • Steven Bonta
  • Published 2010
  • Geography
  • Anthropological Linguistics
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… Expand
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