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Reference materials on verb conjugations, noun declensions, etc.

The University of Minnesota maintains a searchable list of institutions in North America offering academic courses in "Less Commonly Taught Languages" (including Pali).

From the Arrow River center in Canada, some flash-card like drills on nouns and verbs in Pali.

A very handy table which allows to quickly look up the grammatical forms by their suffixes.

In cooperation with BITSTREAM, the TITUS project has prepared a Unicode Font (in Windows TTF format) to match the requirements of linguists and philologists working on several languages (ancient and modern). This font (named "TITUS Cyberbit Basic"), now compliant with UNICODE 4.0 , is available for non-commercial users only.

This course is designed to help you to learn the basics of Pali grammar and vocabulary through direct study of selections from the Buddhas discourses. It thus aims to enable you to read the Buddhas discourses in the original as quickly as possible. The textbook for the course is A New Course in Reading Pali: Entering the Word of the Buddha by James Gair and W.S. Karunatillake (1998, Motilal Banarsidass Publishers, Delhi, India. ISBN 81-208-1440-1). The Pali grammatical tables were designed by Bhikkhu Nyanatusita.


The expert fontdesigner Ulrich Stiehl has been so kind to create this font for the Buddhist Publication Society. It has all English, French, and German characters, besides the transliteration characters needed for Pali, Classical Sanskrit and Sinhala.

An article by Dr. Bimala Churn Law, summing up the research of the order in which different parts of the Pali Canon were formed.

Contains information about Pali language textbooks, how to handle Pali diacritical marks on computers, and where to obtain Pali fonts.

Edited by George P. Malalasekera, London, 1937-38.

This comprehensive reference covers all proper names one will find in the Pali canon and primary commentaries. It provides sufficient information to place each proper name - physically (or mythicly) for place names, in time and school of thought for individuals. It provides the references to the source material, and etymologies where appropriate.