Catholic Burgher Union

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Burgher Union
Full name Catholic Burgher Union
Founded 1927 (1927)[1]
Successor Sunny Ockersz[2]
Members 2,000
Country Sri Lanka

The Catholic Burgher Union is an organisation of Portuguese Burghers (persons of mixed Portuguese and Sri Lankan descent) in the town of Batticaloa, Sri Lanka. In the modern era, the Union played a strong role in the preservation of the Portuguese Burgher culture, despite their economically disadvantaged position.[3]

Researchers in the 1960s noted that the meetings of the Union were still held in Portuguese, with the exception of the minutes, as they were read from written records, and Sri Lankan Portuguese was not used as a written language.[4] In the 1980s, despite Burger immigration to Australia, the Union still numbered some 2,000 speakers of Sri Lankan Portuguese, making them the largest community still speaking the dialect.[5] The Union continued to maintain Portuguese Burgher traditions, including promoting traditional music and dance,[6] By the 2000s (decade), however, the Union was described as struggling financially to be able to produce its English newsletter, with Portuguese extracts.[3]

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  1. ^ Language Contact: A Multidimensional Perspective. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 2014. p. 320. ISBN 978-1-4438-6742-9. 
  2. ^ Leonard, Elmo. "Caught up in the tsunami : Forgotten Batticaloa Burghers". The Sunday Observer (Sri Lanka). Retrieved 25 March 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Lusotopie 2000 : Lusophonies asiatiques, Asiatiques en Lusophonies – Google Books". Retrieved 2012-11-23. 
  4. ^ "Current trends in linguistics – Google Books". Retrieved 2012-11-23. 
  5. ^ "Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages – Google Books". Retrieved 2012-11-23. 
  6. ^ "Revista crнtica de ciкncias sociais – Google Books". Retrieved 2012-11-23.