Edited by O. Von Hinuber
Though it has never been doubted that non standard Sanskrit as Helmer Smith called it as evidenced by the Mahabharata, the Ramayana and the Puranas is of prime importance for the study of the history of Pali and other Middle Indo-Aryan languages, the Pali grammar of Geiger and the same holds true for the Prakrit grammar of Pischel – does not make any reference to Epic or Puranic Sanskrit forms. Just as little attention has been paid to the relation of Pali to late vedic and Sanskrit as described by Panini. On the other hand, scholars discussing specific forms and constructions of late Vedic, of Epic and Puranic Sanskrit and Panini’s grammar have rarely taken into account corresponding Middle Indian phenomena.