Pali

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A language of India

Population

No known L1 speakers. Ethnic population: No ethnic community. Total users in all countries: none known.

Location

Scattered.

Language Status

9 (Second language only).

Language Use

Classical and liturgical language of the Theravada Buddhist canon. Positive attitudes.

Language Development
Grammar. NT: 1835.
Writing

Devanagari script [Deva]. Myanmar (Burmese) script [Mymr]. Sinhala script [Sinh]. Thai script [Thai].

Other Comments

Pali was a revered standard and international language because the oral sayings of Buddha were recorded in it in the first century BCE, but it died out in mainland India as a literary language in the fourteenth century. Buddhist.

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