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Introduction to Pali Hardcover – 1 Sep 2001

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Product details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Pali Text Society; 3rd Revised edition edition (1 Sept. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0860134016
  • ISBN-13: 978-0860134015
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.4 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,978,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've read only the beginning so far. The book is very informative but old fashioned in its layout and author's style of writing. Right at the beginning on page 4 he mentions vowels changing the length when pronounced depending how they combine with consonants but he's rather terse and gives no examples nor elaborates. Page 10: he goes on about the roots of verbs and how the vowel of the root changes and again he doesn't give examples whereas a modern author would. The book was first published in 1963 and this is the third ed. 1991 (printed 2010) However it is good value and there is a copious PDF online giving answers and amplifications.
I've studied modern lang's and Latin and in both cases many modern "methods" use a lot of lot of gimmicky frivolousness; i.e. lots of colourfull glossy pages, pictures, different typefaces and to me they lack rigour and coherence. Warder is the other extreme ; oh how it's delightful when on finds something that has hit upon the middle way. Warder is good value and I suppose I have to knuckle down and get to grips with his delivery.
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