Sinhala diglossia: Discrete or continuous variation?

  title={Sinhala diglossia: Discrete or continuous variation?},
  author={John C. Paolillo},
  journal={Language in Society},
  pages={269 - 296}
ABSTRACT Sociolinguists disagree on how to characterize diglossia with respect to the structural relatedness of the H(igh) and L(ow) varieties: Ferguson 1959, 1991 holds that H and L should be distinct but related varieties of language, while others maintain that a continuum model is more appropriate. Both discrete models (Gair 1968, 1992) and continuum models (De Silva 1974, 1979) have been proposed for Sinhala, as spoken in Sri Lanka. In this article, I employ a computer-generated… 

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