Languary Day… Three: Word Order & Magic

Sentence order for Whispers is
Verb Object (Object adjective) (adverb) Subject (subject adjective)
subject is the portion most likely to be dropped, as in Spanish, if it is clear from verb conjugation.

This appears to be the order – or close to it – that I like for magic-using languages.

Which leads to a note – unlike Old Tongue (The magic language in Fae Apoc/Addergoole), Whispers is not a Magic Language in and of itself. One CAN do magic in other languages (and some groups not mentioned here yet do). It’s just that the Institution and its subgroups primarily use Whispers in their often-highly-ceremonial magical practices.

This entry was originally posted at You can comment here or there.

7 thoughts on “Languary Day… Three: Word Order & Magic

  1. (Grmpf. I started to write this 3–4 hours ago on my phone.) Or, in the terse jargon linguists use for the same reason anybody talking about cars says “carburetor” instead of “the thing that mixes the gasoline with air for ignition”: VOS, head-first “VOS” for the three main constituents of the sentence is obvious: Verb-Object-Subject. In the noun phrases and verb phrase, the modifier follows the thing it modifies (the “head”).

    • /tiredly amused/ I specifically didn’t use short-form so that I didn’t get any short form wrong. <.< Head-first is neat though. ACTUALLY that answers the question I was asking myself in another post. Sort of. No. Not at all. /tries again/

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *