Wiktionary:About Pali

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Background[edit]

Pali is an Old-Indo-Aryan language that is similar to Vedic Sanskrit. It is also the language of the earliest Buddhist scriptures.

Scripts[edit]

Pali uses the following scripts:

  • Latin
  • Devanagari
  • Burmese
  • Thai
  • Khmer
  • Sinhalese

Wiktionary uses the template {{pi-alt}} to show forms of words in different scripts. See ariya for an example.

Parts of speech[edit]

Nouns[edit]

Nouns use the headword template {{pi-noun}}, with a parameter for gender ({{{2}}}). In action the template looks like this:

{{pi-noun|g=m/f/n}}

Nouns are in their stem form, which varies based on gender and declension systems, but is generally the main headword in most Pali dictionaries.

Declensions are handled with the template {{pi-decl-noun|<root form>|<last letter of root>|<gender>}}, or shorter {{pi-decl-noun|g=<gender>}} for auto-detection. The gender can be input only one type per template.