--- Ong Yong Peng <ypong001@...
> However, Magadhi was not the only vernacular the
> Buddha used.
> The Buddha's footsteps covered the entire Northern
> India and Nepal.
> So, it is unlikely that he spoke only one language.
That's my theory as well. Asokas edicts, also, were
written in different local Prakrits. That was
practical when dealing with texts cut in stone, and
not to be carried around; but the Tipitaka, obviously,
needed some kind of standardized language, so I think
the members of the first council just elected one of
the Prakrits, or perhaps made a new one, without
making a great fuss about it.