Zoso Language Kit
Zoso (’zoh soh’) is the fictional, alien language of The Endless Whispers universe. Over 30,000 years old, it is spoken by the Haethonite heretics amongst themselves as well as with their god known simply as the “Devourer” or Azura’than). In short, it is an ugly language belonging to a vile, hate-filled people.
From a movie-making PoV: Zoso is pure gibberish. However, it is structured gibberish, which is very important. By giving it an identifiable structure (even if it’s only registered subconsciously), the audience will be able to suspend their disbelief all the more easily. For example, see the fake languages used in Star Trek (Klingon), Game of Thrones (Dothraki), and The Lord of the Rings (Elvish).
For the sake of simplicity and the sanity of the actors who have to speak Zoso, the grammar is (mostly) a direct 1:1 correspondence with English. (Verb tenses are the exception.)
The following is the very basic Zoso language rules and vocabulary as it appears in the movie.
Past Tense: Place ‘ia at the end of a word.
Present Tense: Do nothing.
Future Tense: Place ‘oth at the end of a word.
Conditional: Place a’ at the front of a word.
Verbs do not agree with either subject or object.
Plural: Add la at the end of the word.
Possessive: Add ‘wai at the end of the word.
For the sake of ‘cultural’ flavor, special exceptions are allowed to the Zoso language. These are up to the person inventing said exceptions, and hopefully there is a modicum of backstory tied to why the exception exists. Special exceptions can violate all the rules of the language.
One Who Does
A Noun that performs a Verb: add ’than to the end of the verb. For example, a (wood) cutter is the verb To Cut + ‘than, or skrav’than (also known as a carpenter). Or, similarly, one who devours becomes Azura’than, from the verb To Devour (azura).
Class-specific Words: Some verbs only apply to specific classes, and so therefore exist in multiple forms. The verb ‘To Cut’, for instance, has four forms based on class: Nature Matter (trees, plants, moss, etc.), Elemental Matter (rocks, ice, etc.), Living Creatures (humans, deer, dogs, etc.), and Human Souls.
Anew: Jujuri (same as new)
Are / To be / To exist: Gotha
Arm: Fah (singular), Fahla (plural)
Ash: Zas (singular), Zasla (plural)
As with: Daloh
Bad (Unfortunate): Guggorn
Before: Dira (preposition)
Bosom: Risoli (singular / plural)
Bow (1): Kadishu (verb)
But (1): Taz (conjunction)
But (2): Tozok (preposition)
By: Orm (preposition)
Can / Be able to: Athag
Child: Pith (singular), Pithla (plural)
Chosen: Vug (adjective), Vugdu (noun)
Choose: Vugul (verb, to choose)
Comprehend: Mnahn (same as understand)
Creature: Sog (singular), Sogla (plural)
Crush: Damzuk (verb)
Cut: Skrav (special exception, verb) (applies only to nature matter)
Cut: Skreez (special exception, verb) (applies only to elemental matter)
Cut: Skrosh (special exception, verb) (applies only to living creatures)
Cut: Skaal (special exception, verb) (applies only to human souls)
Dead (1): Mordu (adjective)
Dead (2): Morghul (noun)
Destroy: Ilksadum (verb)
Devourer: Azura’than (One who Consumes)
Do / To do: Ulu (verb)
Eye: Tei (singular), Teila (plural)
Face: Nak (singular), Nakla (plural)
Fear: Shugfa (singular/plural), Shughaifa (verb)
Feast (1): Opaz (singular noun), Opazla (plural)
For: Vra’ (prefix)
Friend: Ummagga (singular), Ummaggala (plural)
Get Out: Rilnos (to leave)
Gladly: Um’um (adverb)
Gnat: Slizzik (singular), Slizzikla (plural)
He / Him: Yat / Yatal
His: Yat’wai (see Possessive, above)
Head: Toh (singular), Tohla (plural)
Heresy: Fnagath (singular), Fnagathla (plural)
Human: Fek (singular), Fekla (plural)
I (Me) / My: Ya / Yad
Individual Zu’kush (related to numeric ‘1’)
In / Into: Vru’ (prefix)
In the name of: Hu’pagh
Is / To be / To exist: Gotha
Lie: Fal (singluar), Falla (plural)
Maggot: Sligghol (singular), Sligghola (plural)
Matter: Ordos (verb)
Mote: Naf (singlular), Nafla (plural)
No / Not: Vek
Of: Da’ (before consonant or ‘y’) or Dal’ (before vowel) (prefix)
On: An’ (prefix)
Press: Kyar (verb)
Rest: Drathun (noun, same as others)
Right (1): Sra’ (‘most complete extent’, prepositional phrase, prefix)
She / Her: Yaho / Yahuri
Slaughter: Sazog’sadum (verb)
Soul: Iziz (singular), Izizla (plural)
They (Them) / Theirs: Yatey / Yatar
To: Vru’ (prefix)
Unbeliever: Haethos (singular), Haethosla (plural)
Vessel: Thrud (noun meaning ‘container’)
We (Us) / Our: Yaz / Yazil
Will (1): Oth (modal verb, see above)
Will (2): Zkraziki (noun)
Worm: Slith (singular), Slithla (plural)
You / Your: Do / Dok