Pali is an new Indo-Aryan 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 and also known as the Tripiṭaka, are written in Pali. Pali is usually called a dead language. Bengali originates from the Pali.
|Native to||Indian subcontinent|
|Era||5th–1st century BCE[needs to be explained]|
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.|
- Nagrajji (2003) "Pali language and the Buddhist Canonical Literature". Agama and Tripitaka, vol. 2: Language and Literature.
- Pāli-English dictionary
- Pāli at Ethnologue
- Pali Text Society
- Pāli Canon selection Archived 2003-06-01 at the Wayback Machine 2008