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The Broyan Stage Language

The Broian stage language is a development from the Broian language, which belongs to the northern branch of the Charyan languages.

A bit of history: taking the reign of emperor Rordal as present, about two thousand years ago the first Charyans migrated from the southern hemisphere to the northern hemisphere. They founded a city, Broi, which was mainly a trading post and a convenient place to banish officials to. The poplulation spoke a dialect of a northern Charyan language.

When a few hundred years later there occurred a great migration from the south to the north the original inhabitants of Broi became a small minority in their own city. For a while they continued to use their language, but after a certain period it was only used at festivals (apart from a still smaller minority who kept speaking it right into the present).

Then its use contracted even more, and it was only current on the stage at those native Broian festivals. About five centuries ago, the native Broian dramatic tradition suddenly became fashionable, and new plays were composed in this language. The reason for this popularity was probably that Broian drama was supposed to be a direct continuation of the dramatic tradition of the old, Southern empire.

A lot of items were relexified. For instance, the original proximal- distal distinction in the deictic system became to mean on and off stage, and a pronominal suffix that indicates whether the other actors on stage can hear what is said or not.

In the Broian dramatic tradition there are ten roles or emplois, and every play has to fit them. These are par 'emperor', foadur, 'Noble', nudan, 'merchant', charka, 'military', rachtan, 'farmer', judan, 'townsmen', pandan 'civil servant', nirdir 'extra, alien', p'up'u, 'fool', udan and yudir 'man' and 'woman'. Every emploi has its own pronouns.

There are no theatres; plays are performed by groups of travelling actors. This means that there's little in the way of a stage or stage props. The costumes are very elaborate, however, and every actor wears a mask. These masks play an important role; a ghost will appear without a mask to indicate that the dead always show their real face. A play is always accompanied by music and often includes songs in the classical language.