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Indo-Portuguese Songs of Sri Lanka: the Nevill Manuscript1

  • Shihan de Silva Jayasuriya


The Portuguese presence in Sri Lanka dates back to the early sixteenth century and lasted some hundred and fifty years. It gave rise to a Creole language based on Portuguese, Sri Lanka Portuguese Creole (SLPC), which Dalgado (1936) considered to be the most vigorous of the Portuguese Creoles.



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