Thomas Oberlies

Pâli. A Grammar of the Theravâda Tipitaka
With a Concordance to Pischel's Grammatik der Prakrit-Sprachen
 

Berli/New York: de Gruyter  2001
xviii, 395 pp.,
ISBN 3-11-016763-8
 

The grammar presents a full description of Pâli, the language used in the Theravâda Buddhist canon, which is still alive in Sri Lanka and South-East Asia. The development of its phonological and morphological systems is traced in detail from Old Indic. Comprehensive references to comparable features and phenomena from other Middle Indic languages mean that this grammar can also be used to study the literature of Jainism.