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Plakea stage

ප්ලාකෙයා අවස්ථාව

The Sinhala script originated from the Brahmi script, thought to have been brought from Northern India, around the 3rd century B.C. The Sinhala alphabet is an abugida used in Sri Lanka to write the official language Sinhala and also sometimes the liturgical languages Pali and Sanskrit. Being a member of the Brahmic family of scripts, the Sinhala script can trace its ancestry back more than 2000 years.Sinhala is often considered two alphabets, or an alphabet within an alphabet, due to the presence of two sets of letters. The core set, known as the śuddha siṃhala (pure Sinhala) can represent all native phonemes. In order to render Sanskrit and Pali words, an extended set, the miśra siṃhala (mixed Sinhala), is available. The alphabet is written from left to right. The modern Sinhala alphabet has 54 letters out of which 18 are vowels and the rest are consonants.

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