Sofaal

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Sofaal
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Language
Official Name Sofaal
Common Name Desert Tongue, Snake Tongue
Origins Farah’deen
Related Languages None
Used by Songaskia
IRL Counterpart Mali
In-Game Tag <So>

One of the newest languages in Aloria, Sofaal has only emerged with the Songaskia in 121 AC. Sofaal is one of the more elegant languages, commonly associated with its Qadir counterpart Faraddi. Historians do not know precisely where the language emerged from due to the mysterious background of the Songaskia, , though some suspect that it is associated with the Desert Dragons that disappeared shortly before the Great Storm. Nevertheless, Sofaal is a language that stands apart from all others, with a structure and vocabulary that is entirely different from Tatsugo or Faraddi.

History

Historians do not know where Sofaal came from, as it seemingly appeared from nowhere, just as the Songaskia did. The history of the language begins in 121 AC, when the Songaskia charged out of the desert and conquered the deserts of Farah’deen. After this, the language spread across the deserts and became known as the "Snake-Tongue", symbolizing the slitted eyes of the Songaskia’s highest social class. Outside of Farah’deen, however, the language is not particularly used due to its complex nature and writing.

Usage

All sub-races of Songaskia use Sofaal. It is taught in their schools, and nearly all of the population of Songaskia are taught it from their parents or caregivers from a young age. They often call it the "language of the sun". Inside Farah’deen almost all Songaskia speak it, while some Qadir bother to know it in order to communicate with their white-haired counterparts. Scholars don’t foresee the language dying out anytime soon, as the Songaskia and their slaves continue to dominate the East.

Stylistic Description

The verbs in Sofaal generally end in "o" and nouns end in consonants such as "n". Generally the sentence structure places the verb before the noun, as is common in the Eastern Languages. Though the sentence structure is normal, the language often might appear to have an excessive number of words, causing it to sound much more elaborate than it actually is. Native speakers commonly add syllables for flare during speeches, as opposed to those who learn the language as a second tongue.

Name Customs

Names in Sofaal, oddly enough, generally end in "a","e","i" or "o" making them akin to verbs, and most commonly a baby is named after an action or description. For example, a common male name in Sofaal is Fuza, which means "to resemble" in the common tongue.

Names:

  • Zonke
  • Fobela
  • Cela
  • Kuhlekonke
  • Nduduzo
  • Thuthuka

Common Phrases

Note: These phrases aren't for actual use in Roleplay. Nobody has the time to try to retype or translate these in real time. It is easier to use the simple <Sof>, or <Sofaal> Language Tags to express that your character is speaking in Sofaal.
Common Sofaal
Common Foroba.
Friend Nyin.
Yes. Owó.
No. Ayi.
Hello. I ni chè.
Goodbye. K'an ben.
Have a nice day! I ni tile!
Thank you. I ni cé.
You are welcome. Basi te.
Do you speak Sofaal? I be sofaal men wa?
I do not understand. N m'a faamu.
Help! N deme!
Where may I get food? Suman be falen min?
I am a friend! N bé bó nin.

Learning

A non-native speaker will take approximately ten years of intense study to learn the language, as there are no linguistic relatives.

Trivia

  • Sofaal has no direct translation for the word "King", instead using the word "prophet".
  • Despite being called the "Snake Language", Sofaal has no ties to Zasta, the tongue spoken by the Allar and Slizzar. A group of Ailor supremacist scholars did try to prove that they did in 290 AC but failed.

Accreditation
Writers Drunkfailure
Artists None
Processors Hydralana, Eronoc, PonyoWantHam
Last Editor HydraLana on 05/17/2018.

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