Sri Lanka Malay

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  • Sessions: 452
  • Audio recordings: 445
  • Video recordings: 12
  • Annotations: 192
  • Images: 263

Last update: 2017-3-19

Relaxing on board a friend’s boat

Sri Lanka Malay (SLM) is a restructured vernacular of Malay base spoken by at least five different communities in Sri Lanka which has evolved to be significantly divergent from other varieties of Malay due to intimate contact with the dominant languages of Sinhala and Tamil. The Malays in Sri Lanka, whose ancestry include laborers brought by the Dutch and British, as well as soldiers in the Dutch garrison, now constitute 0.3% of the population, numbering some 46,000.

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