I made an HTML version of Bhikkhu Ñanatusita’s Pali Noun Declension Table:
I welcome corrections and suggestions!
Here’s the About bit:
This table is based on Bhikku Nyanatusita’s noun declension table. Bhante Nyanatusita includes the following comment:
“The endings in italics are rare and are mostly found in verses or later post-canonical Pāli. The em-dash (—) indicates that the content of the cell is th same as the cell to the left. Consulted grammars: Ānanda Maitreyya, Buddhadatta, Duroiselle, Fahs, Geiger, Perniola, Warder, Wijesekera. The file can be freely copied and distributed for personal non-commercial purposes. © 2005 Bhikkhu Ñāṇatusita, Forest Hermitage, Kandy, Sri Lanka.”
I have made the following significant change: all merged cells have been separated into individual cells. I have done this because my goal is to generate this table automatically from the database (although it is currently a “static” HTML table). Once that is working I hope to add back in the merged cells.
My goal with this project is to base the tabular presentation on a database. The information is stored as a JSON file, which you can also access here: declension_table-lexicon.json, if you like.
I have more plans for this project, here’s my to-do list:
- Make it useful on smaller devices like smartphones.
- Make it possible to search the whole table.
- Create a new, alternate view of the database which is sorted by endings, rather than a table.
- Make the various columns toggleable.
- Make rare forms toggleable.
- Make it possible to input a word and have it highlight all suffixes which are possible endings of that word.
- …your idea here…
My thanks to John Kelly for helping access and wrangle various formats of the document.