Dear Professor Paturi,

If I may direct you to my own book:  Deshpande-Sanskrit & Prakrit - Sociolinguistic Issues (Book MLBD 1993).  This book discusses many of the questions that you have raised in your message.  With best wishes,

Madhav Deshpande

On Wed, Dec 24, 2014 at 3:55 AM, Nagaraj Paturi <> wrote:

When did the convention of treating Prakrits as 'languages' and not as dialects begin?
Was there such an attitude of 'languages' not 'dialects' towards Prakrits in Sanskrit or Prakrit sources of the ancient or medieval period?
Is there a work dealing with this issue?
Thanks in advance for any references in this direction.

Prof.Nagaraj Paturi

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