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Four principal dialects of classical Sanskrit

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According to Tiwari (1955), there were four principal dialects of classical Sanskrit:


  
paścimottarī (Northwestern, also called Northern or Western),


madhyadeśī (lit., middle country),


pūrvi (Eastern) and

dakṣiṇī (Southern, arose in the Classical period).

The predecessors of the first three dialects are even attested in Vedic Brāhmaṇas, of which the first one was regarded as the purest (Kauṣītaki Brāhmaṇa, 7.6).