Pali Grammar For Students, A
by Collins, Steven
About This Book
Pali is the language in which the scriptures of Theravada Buddhism were written down two thousand years ago. As such, it is a language that is used for liturgy in India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Nepal.
This book, intended as a source of reference for modern students inside or outside the classroom, presents an introductory sketch of Pali using both European and South Asian grammatical categories. In English language works, the standard presentation of Pali in traditional terms of English grammar, which is itself derived from the classical tradition, makes it unfamiliar to modern students. This book discusses and reflects upon those categories. It also introduces the main categories of traditional Sanskrit and Pali grammar, drawing on, in particular, the medieval Pali text Saddaniti, by Aggavamsa.
Each grammatical form is illustrated by examples taken from Pali texts, mostly canonical. Although some previous knowledge of Sanskrit would be helpful, those without previous linguistic training can also use the book. A bibliographical appendix refers to other complementary resources.
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