A Rule Based Syllabification Algorithm for Sinhala

  • Ruvan Weerasinghe
  • Asanka Wasala
  • Kumudu Gamage
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3651)


This paper presents a study of Sinhala syllable structure and an algorithm for identifying syllables in Sinhala words. After a thorough study of the Syllable structure and linguistic rules for syllabification of Sinhala words and a survey of the relevant literature, a set of rules was identified and implemented as a simple, easy-to-implement algorithm. The algorithm was tested using 30,000 distinct words obtained from a corpus and compared with the same words manually syllabified. The algorithm performs with 99.95 % accuracy.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ruvan Weerasinghe
    • 1
  • Asanka Wasala
    • 1
  • Kumudu Gamage
    • 1
  1. 1.Language Technology Research LaboratoryUniversity of Colombo School of ComputingColombo 7Sri Lanka

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