Prakrit

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Introduction to the Fundamentals of Prakrit Literature and Languages – Melinda Fodor (VideoMark, GREI)

Prakrit (glottocodes: Middle Indian midd1350, mahārāṣṭrī maha1305, śaurasenī saur1252, māgadhī maga1260, paiśācī pais1238) is an Indo-European language that belongs to the Indo-Aryan branch and was spoken/written in South Asia (present-day India, Pakistan and Bangladesh) from the era of Ancient India until the eighteenth century. This period is traditionally divided into two phases: Archaic Prakrit (before CE) and Classical Prakrit (from the first to the eighteenth century). Prakrit is associated with various types of texts such as inscriptions, as well as secular and religious literature.

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