15,500,000 in Sri Lanka (2007). Population total all countries: 15,577,690.
Widespread except some districts north, east, and center. Also in Canada, Libya, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United States.
1 (National). Statutory national language (1987, Constitution (as amended), Article 18).
Rodiya. Great differences exist between literary and colloquial language. Rodiya dialect is spoken by low caste Rodiya people.
SOV; 7 long vowels, 7 short vowels, 24 consonants, including 4 which are prenasalized; gender, number, and case agreement between subject and verb in literary Sinhala
2,000,000 L2 speakers (1997).