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Discussion in 'Research' started by writeshiek33, Jan 20, 2015.

  1. writeshiek33

    writeshiek33 Sage

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    one of my ideas that still in note form ancient language for spells the dilema is there are so much choices to use as base of the language sigh
     
  2. Trick

    Trick Auror

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    Is your story in the real world? If not, you can make a simple language based off of many fun ancient languages (since you only need it for spells, complication is unnecessary). If it is in the real world, I would advise finding a language that you like the sound of when you pronounce it phonetically - is your first language Arabic? Perhaps start by looking into the roots of that language and you may find something you love.
     
  3. FarmerBrown

    FarmerBrown Troubadour

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    The beautiful things about languages are: they are constantly evolving, they mix and separate all the time, and (as you say) there are so many of them. Latin is a great choice for inspiration, but it's also probably one of the more common bases for modern magical languages.

    Is there a 'feel' or sound you want to go for? Organic or scholarly? Familiar or completely alien? I used a mix of Latin/Spanish/Portuguese for one language in my book, and based another on Norse. I agree with Trick: try to find sounds you like to say that represent the magic in your story, and go from there. You'll more than likely find a source language to help you out!
     
  4. writeshiek33

    writeshiek33 Sage

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    organic but says rolls off the tongue don't want common otherwise would have used latin as my choice i want something that might sound familiar even though it not but at same time i want to too much cliché that everyone used before i know i am over thinking this but it dark magic and light magic i am looking at and the one the protagonists an anti hero type comes from same social circles as one of the villains or he used to be
     
  5. CupofJoe

    CupofJoe Myth Weaver

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    I'm sure David Eddings wrote that when he was thinking up his magic system, he deliberately avoided using a real language or any language, just in case someone, thought they really could turn themselves into a bird and fly - Just like Garion did in the book - by uttering the magical phrase as they leapt off a cliff...
    I like JKR's fake/cod Latin in HP, just the right about of strange and occult but still usually recognisable as to it's meaning... "Oculus Reparo"
     
  6. writeshiek33

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    actually most of david eddings work was his wife who contibuted a lot not sure how much not till the late books did he gave her credit
     
  7. CupofJoe

    CupofJoe Myth Weaver

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    Yes, I usually write D&L Eddings but if I remember correctly [from 20 years or more back - yikes closer to 30 - as it was for the start of The Malloreon set of books] this was in an article about DE. So it seemed most accurate to cite him.
     
  8. writeshiek33

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    fair enough
     
  9. BronzeOracle

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    One thing to consider is what cultural base your fantasy world has - if its European style world then latin/greek has its roots there. But if you have a world set in other cultures - eg India or China - then you could also draw on the ancient languages of those cultures for inspiration.
     
  10. studentofrhythm

    studentofrhythm Minstrel

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    Why not Sumerian or Akkadian?
     
  11. MineOwnKing

    MineOwnKing Maester

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    Try playing the White Album backwards on your turntable.

    oops, just gave away my age. #9 #9 #9 #9
     
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