Contents: Preface. Introduction. 1. The flow of world languages wonderful resemblance in different languages/offshoots of linguistic science. 2. The ancient Indo-Aryan languages. 3. Middle Indo-Aryan languages Prakritas. 4. Pali language and the Buddhist Canonical literature historical background for adopting the Word Pali. 5. Inscriptional Prakritas : the languages of inscriptions: their significance. 6. Prakritas of transitional period inscriptions in Prakrita dialects as obtained outside India. 7. The origin of script and its development in India scripts of Prakrita inscriptions. 8. Arsha (Ardha Magadhi) Prakrita and the Jaina canonical literature. 9. Shorseni Prakrita and its canonical literature. Bibliography. Index.
"Volume two deals with language and literature. Besides references of Yask, Panini, Katyayan and Patanjali, Acharya Shri has produced illustrations and conclusions from Greek, Latin and Hebrew languages. He has referred to Vedic, Bodh and Jain ideologies with critical evaluation. In addition to exposing the short-sighted attitude of religious doctrinaires towards languages, he deals with geographical, historical and cultural backgrounds of ancient languages. Also, Acharya Shri makes a comparative and meaningful discussion on Digamber and Shwetamber beliefs with regard to divine language Ardh Magadhi, Prakrita and Agama scriptures, as also he provides critical analysis of phonology, morphology, semantics and syntax." (jacket)