William Goonatilleke an Hugo Schuchardt (01-02698)

von William Goonatilleke

an Hugo Schuchardt


25. 06. 1890

language Englisch

Schlagwörter: Literaturbeschaffung Publikationsversand Sprachprobe Sprachkontakt (allgemein)language Portugiesischbasierte Kreolsprache (Sri Lanka/Ceylon)language Tamil

Zitiervorschlag: William Goonatilleke an Hugo Schuchardt (01-02698). Kandy, 25. 06. 1890. Hrsg. von Shihan De Silva Jayasuriya (2015). In: Bernhard Hurch (Hrsg.): Hugo Schuchardt Archiv. Online unter https://gams.uni-graz.at/o:hsa.letter.1940, abgerufen am 28. 09. 2023. Handle: hdl.handle.net/11471/518.10.1.1940.


Trincomalee Street
25th June 1890

Dear Sir,

Since the receipt of your letter of the 29th October last I have been enquiring for the books you are in need of, but I have not been able to find out anyone who has them. I shall make further inquiries and shall let you know if my work turns out to be successful. The only publications I am able to send you are nos 7, 8, 9 and 10 of the Bruffador 1888. This paper was discontinued last year. I am not myself acquainted with the Portuguese language, either the genuine or the Ceylon, but Rev P Willenberg, the Editor of the Bruffador, tells me that of the words you mention the following are the correct |2| forms: “mintira” “cuidade”, “hoje”, “venca”, bate”, “persuade, “cumsa”, “torna”. I enclose 4 verses of a song with transliteration which I think will be intelligible.

P Willenberg tells me that M Moscof, European Wesleyan Missionary, has a copy of W B Fox’s Dictionary in Sinhalese, Portuguese and English languages and has promised to try his best to get you the loan of it. I will let you know the result as soon as it is communicated to me.

Yours very sincerely
W Goonetilleke
Ed. Orientalis
Dr Hugo Schuchardt



About dialectical differences I shall write in my next or in the Orientalist.

The influence of the Sinhalese and Tamil on the Ceylon Portuguese is very palpable, not I think in phonetics, but in forms of syntax. I have written a notice of one of these for the next “Orientalist” Parts 3 & 4 of Vol. iv.

I shall reply to your other queries in my next.


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