Middle Indic textbook

Smith, Frederick M frederick-smith at UIOWA.EDU
Tue Jun 23 23:29:23 UTC 2009

I should thank everyone who answered my query. Much appreciated. A couple of other books I found useful were Frank southworth’s Linguistic Archaeology of South Asia and Vit Bubenik’s The Structure and Development of Middle Indo-Aryan Dialects

Fred Smith

On 6/23/09 2:29 PM, "Stefan Baums" <baums at U.WASHINGTON.EDU> wrote:

PS. Realizing that you wrote in reply to Frederick Smith’s query:
Индоарийские языки is not a textbook, but a succinct and useful
overview of OIA and MIA; and the memorial volume is a collection
of articles mostly on Vedic, but there are also some MIA and NIA
contributions. Speaking of Tat’iana Elizarenkova, a more in‐depth
treatment is Язык пали (1965):


also available in English as The Pāli Language (1976):


but at this point a combination of the previously mentioned works
by Geiger, von Hinüber and Oberlies would seem to be the best
combo for Pali (plus the introductions by Warder or Collins if a
textbook approach is needed). And of course Pali is a good entry
point to MIA in general (with Aśokan inscriptions, Ardhamāgadhī
and the literary Prakrits as possible next steps).

Stefan Baums
Asian Languages and Literature
University of Washington

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