Khangaþyagon Word Order
Basic word order
Khangaþyagon's syntax is strongly head-initial
Basic sentence structure
Word order in sentences is VSO. As subjects and objects are not distinguished by morphology, this does not vary.
eskri rik glaf
The man rides the horse.
Infinitives have no subject, so word order in infinitive clauses is VO.
To follow a butterfly (a wild goose chase)
glaf tark vlakhmarkuz u peshti yi rissuwani
The king's black horse that runs swiftly.
When more than one adjective is present, the ones with the closest semantic association with the head noun (ie those that could most naturally compound with it) occur first, ie nearest the head.
khorrhassass kemni mœza
The great green dragon.
This is the opposite order to English (where noun phrases are head last)
Placement of adverbs and adverbial noun phrases is fairly free, but results in a change of emphasis. An adverb may occur clause initially, after the verb, or clause finally. If the adverb is placed at the beginning of the clause, the adverb itself is emphasised. If it is placed immediately after the verb, its applicability to the verb is emphasised. If it is placed clause finally, its apllicability to the entire clause is emphasised.
When an adverb qualifies an attributive adjective, it follows the adjective immediately.
--PeteBleackley 03:54, 1 June 2006 (PDT)