Rodiya dialect

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Rodiya is a dialect of the Sinhalese language. It is spoken by members of the Rodiya community, who are considered in Sri Lanka to be low-caste amongst the Sinhalese people.

Examples of Rodiya words:[1]

  • dissenavā to come (Sinhala enavā)
  • dumana house (Sinhala geya, gedara)
  • galla mouth (Sinhala kaṭa)
  • gävā man (Sinhala minihā)
  • gävī woman (Sinhala gäänu)
  • miganavā to eat (Sinhala kanavā)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gunasekara, A comprehensive grammar of the Sinhalese language (1891), pag. 384