This practice provides Marathi with a large treasure of Sanskrit words to cope with demands of new technical words whenever needed.
Further growth and usage of the language was because of two religious sects – the Mahanubhava and Varkari panthans – who adopted Marathi as the medium for preaching their doctrines of devotion.
Marathi had attained a venerable place in court life by the time of the Seuna kings.
The earliest Marathi-only inscriptions are the ones issued during the Shilahara rule, including a c.
1012 CE stone inscription from Akshi taluka of Raigad district, and a 1060 or 1086 CE copper-plate inscription from Dive that records a land grant (agrahara) to a Brahmin.
However, there is no record of any actual literature produced in Marathi until the late 13th century.
Marathi became the dominant language of epigraphy during the last half century of the dynasty's rule (14th century), and may have been a result of the Yadava attempts to connect with their Marathi-speaking subjects and to distinguish themselves from the Kannada-speaking Hoysalas.
A 2-line 1118 CE Marathi inscription at Shravanabelagola records a grant by the Hoysalas.
These inscriptions suggest that Marathi was a standard written language by the 12th century.
Koli, Malvani Konkani has been heavily influenced by Marathi varieties.
Marathi distinguishes inclusive and exclusive forms of 'we' and possesses a three-way gender system that features the neuter in addition to the masculine and the feminine.
Marathi is one of several languages that further descend from Maharashtri Prakrit.