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A Brief History of Modern Borelian

The modern Borelian seen in The Timekeeper Chronicles is much easier and much simpler than Old Borelian, though Old Borelian is still used in some modern art forms and most legal matters.

Old Borelian is the first unified Borelian language, consisting of elements from North Borlex, East Bral, and West Borla. The three languages signified only where one came from, not necessarily national or ethnic divisions as the Borelians have claimed total unity since the beginning of time. North Borlex belonged primarily to the Borelians residing in the northern part of the western continent and along the southern border of the Land of Tujor, as well as the west coast of the eastern continent, divided only by a small ocean. West Borla belonged to those hailing from the central and southern part of the western continent. East Bral was the primary dialect of anyone living on the eastern continent or in Ancrath. As Ancrath has been the traditional capital of Brelix for millennia and is home to eighty percent of the global population, it is fair to say that East Bral bore the most influence on what is now considered Old Borelian.

Characteristics of East Bral that made their way into Old Borelian included noun genders, lenition, and a majority of the base lexicon. Scholars believe that East Bral had between seven and nine noun genders. Old Borelian at the height of its use and popularity had only five.

North Borlex on its own had eleven different tones, owing to the unique vocal capabilities of Borelians, most of them unable to be replicated by humans. In Old Borelian, North Borlex contributed the use of five tones, plus the “toneless” tone.

West Borla, despite being more widely spoken than North Borlex, contributed the least to Old Borelian, offering up some interesting bits of grammar and some words. Among scholars, it is debated whether West Borla and East Bral were really all that different enough to warrant separate classification.

The use of Time and the discovery and use of space travel is what is credited as the catalyst for moving from three dialects to one, though they were heading in that direction already. The simplification of the language into Modern Borelian is attributed to rapid expansion into space and neighboring systems and greater use of Time by the higher officers, though this point is debatable.

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