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15903Re: [Pali] ‘A Reference Handbook of Pali Gr ammar’

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  • Bryan Levman
    Aug 6, 2012
      Dear R F Arber,

      Try Steven Collins' book

      Collins, S. 2005. A Pali Grammar for Students Chiang Mai Thailand: Silkworm Books.

      Also Duroiselle's Grammar comes with the Digital Pali Reader (under "Tools", Miscellaneous Resources). If you don't have it you'll find the DPR very useful for looking up words by clicking on them and sometimes it also gives declensions for common words,

      Best wishes,


      From: pabbatum <rfarber@...>
      To: Pali@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Sunday, August 5, 2012 11:23:34 PM
      Subject: [Pali] ‘A Reference Handbook of Pali Grammar’


      I'm a struggling beginner level pali student, and have a question please.
      In the lessons that I'm doing which are in the Narada Pali Course I find it very confusing when one has to go back and forth between chapters to look for the right Pali Grammatical Rule to fit a particular sentence situation or type of word, i.e. noun or verb etc.
      I am not very far into the chapters in the book, but I can see that my problem will only get worse as I make more progress and come across more and more rules.
      I've looked at other pali courses and the same problem occurs with them too, in that as an example both A K Warder, and the Lily de Silva, Pali Primer introduce their grammatical rules as the student progresses through the chapters.
      So, what I am wondering is there just like in `An English Grammar Reference' a `Reference Handbook of Pali Grammar'? That one can reference to identify in an alphabetical order these various pali grammatical rules that always occur, and must be used and finally learned.
      Thank you for your help.

      R F Arber

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