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1. Any of the vernacular and literary Indic languages recorded from the third century bc to the fourth century ad, as opposed to Sanskrit.
2. Any of the modern Indic languages.

[Sanskrit prākṛtam, from neuter sing. of prākṛta-, natural, vulgar, vernacular : pra-, before, forward; see per in Indo-European roots + karoti, he makes; see Sanskrit.]

Pra·krit′ic adj.
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Adj.1.Prakritic - of or relating to Prakrit
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But these Prakritic forms do not often seem to be attested.
(5) TS gives the opening dialogue to the tensely waiting crowd who have just witnessed the crash, in a foreign language which, if authentic, would be a Prakritic (Indo-Aryan) form such as Sanskrit or one of its related regional and vernacular dialects.
The phonological disparity might well be due to Sanskritic back-formation from a Prakritic form, or simply inconsistent orthography.
Of course, the Prakritic works, Buddhist or otherwise, that Jamison mentions are a far cry from either royal prasasti, or from developed kavya, for that matter.
To begin with, Pirart is regularly willing to change the text when it fails to provide the interpretation he wants, especially by accenting or de-accenting verbs, but also by assuming wholesale re-Sanskritization of Prakritic dialect forms by later editors (p.
Furthermore, rather than focusing upon the Chinese transcriptions of Indian names and terms, which, as I have suggested, raise a number of problems not all of which can be controlled, we shall look instead at mistakes in translation that were due in all probability to phonological confusions caused by a Prakritic or Central Asian pronunciation of the text.
In so doing he has also offered ingenious explanations of some of the discrepancies between Dharmaraksa's text and those of the various Sanskrit manuscripts which may stem from confusions caused by a more Prakritic - and, as I will argue, oral/aural - transmission of the text.