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South Asia Department

Languages of South Asia at SOAS: Pali

Pali, essentially a version of Sanskrit reflecting later linguistic developments, is a major sacred language of Buddhist scripture. A knowledge of Pali is indispensable to the understanding of Buddhism, particularly as it has developed in Sri Lanka and the countries of South East Asia.


Pali is taught in the Department of the Study of Religions.


Dr Kate Crosby, Department of the Study of Religions, (kc21@soas.ac.uk).

  • W. Geiger, A Pali grammar (trans. B. Ghosh, ed. K.R. Norman), London 1994.
  • K.R.Norman, Pali literature, Wiesbaden 1983.
  • A.K.Warder, Introduction to Pali, London 1963.

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