middle Indo-Aryan language native to the Indian subcontinent

Pali is an old language. It used to be spoken in India, and is similar to Sanskrit. Pali is used in religious services by Theravada Buddhists. The Theravada holy texts, called the Pali Canon, are written in Pali. Pali is usually called a dead language. Bengali originates from the Pali

पालि Pāli
Native toIndian subcontinent
Era5th–1st century BCE[needs to be explained][1]
now only used as a liturgical language
Brāhmī, Kharosthi, Khmer, Burmese, Thai, Sinhala, other Brahmi-derived scripts such as Devanagari, and transliteration to the Latin alphabet.
Language codes
ISO 639-1pi
ISO 639-2pli
ISO 639-3pli


  1. Nagrajji (2003) "Pali language and the Buddhist Canonical Literature". Agama and Tripitaka, vol. 2: Language and Literature.

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