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Gallifreyan Guide P.1: Structure and Sounds Intro. by cbettenbender Gallifreyan Guide P.1: Structure and Sounds Intro. by cbettenbender
This is the first page of my guide to Circular Gallifreyan, or at least the language/code I invented based on the way that Circular Gallifreyan looks in the TV show Doctor Who. While I do not own any rights to the show, and this is purely for fun as a fan, I really would not appreciate someone claiming my writing and its structure and claiming it as their own. Feel free to use it, by all means, but please give me proper credit. :)
Here is an index of the guide so far:

P.1: Basic Structure and Intro. to Sounds
P.2: Consonants
P.3: Vowels
P.4: Links and Sound Ordering
P.5: Additional Sound Notation

There is more coming soon, as I am only about half-way done with the guide, but I just wanted to upload the first half. With this much, you should be able to get a grasp on how to properly form words. The next sections are going to explain sentence structure, verbs, and more. I'm also going to have one page that acts as a cipher which will be a condensed version all of this to help you remember it better.

NOTE: That little up-side-down semicircle you all see next to the syllables is a directional notation. Because the language's structure means that a word could mean something completely different if read sideways or up-side-down, that little symbol should always be facing that way to tell you which way to read it. I will be adding that to the text properly later on.

Anyway, I hope you all enjoy it, and if you have any questions at all, feel free to comment on any of the pages or send me a private note. Thank you for reading! Allons-y!

(You can follow me on Tumblr <a href="[link]>here.)
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therisingsunset Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Professional General Artist
Hey I'm in the slow process of learning the alphabet, what with work and school and other hobbies, but I was wondering if I could make a request? Since you know how to use the alphabet already I was wondering if you could write out 'vagabond' in Gallifreyan for me? I intend to work it into a tattoo design eventually. Your work would be immensely appreciated!
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veneriana Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
May I have a link to the actual alphabet?
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Base-SG Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
faved, cuz I like keys to alphabets :)
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Gymnart Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool guide. Looks like fun to learn.
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Joxthehedgehog Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Oh this is just fantastically brilliant this is. I love it!
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Sorcha-Victoria Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you for posting these! I was quite rubbish at gallifreyan, but your notes make it easy to see how the system works ^^
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RandomFan77 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
This Is Just Amazing!
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cbettenbender Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much!
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eIectraumatic Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow.
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cbettenbender Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Good wow, I hope. :P
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ExcelsiorRedNose Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is brilliant! Thank you for sharing!
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cbettenbender Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem at all!
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lastsundayinsanity Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Incredible. Thank you! This is truly lovely.
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:iconcbettenbender:
cbettenbender Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, thank you! And you're welcome, too, I suppose. I'm glad you like it!
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Gigidog Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
i wish the show would adopted a set of rules like this(or exactly like this cus it's so well thought out) so fans can stop the arguing...... and also it would just be plain old cool to wright in gallifreyan XD
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cbettenbender Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You are too kind! I'm also going to post soon a different way of using this same system to make it look even more like the show. Get excited. Start a petition to show the producers make this the official one, maybe?
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realmattman Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Professional Artist
In the show, there are singular ideas which are expressed with multiple circles decending inside one another, however some as thicker lines than others. They also sit inside an octogon. This can be best interpreted as seen by the new tardis above the console in the middle of the room, with what I can only assume are names of places and possibly the other doctors.

Do you have a page which translates these? Or begins to try and understand how to write these?
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cbettenbender Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Because this language isn't canon and I made it up on my own, there really isn't a way I can translate the words found in the show. I don't believe they have any sort of structure. Sorry!
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realmattman Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Professional Artist
Sure, likely they don't. I suppose they're probably nouns, something that only a Timelord might know?
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cbettenbender Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's what the show's creators want you to assume, I'm sure. :3
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realmattman Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional Artist
I have a journal I've been writing for my son. He's only 13 months, but I've been writing it with all sorts of information which he might want some day. Maths and Sciences which I've been working with, philosophy and stories ... but I've also been transcribing your pages into the journal as well so he can one day read and write in Circular Gallifreyan. :)
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cbettenbender Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
To be honest, I read this and couldn't help but happy cry a bit. I don't know why, but it sort of struck a chord. This is so amazingly beautiful, and I am indescribably honored that you would include my language in something that means so much to you and your family. Thank you for telling me this. You've really made me happy. If you need anything, have any questions, or want me to write anything out for you, anything at all, please don't hesitate to ask.

I really love this.
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realmattman Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional Artist
:)

I'm very glad I could make you happy. I've always written stories about fathers and sons, and it wasn't until I became a father that I realized how powerful the story can be written when by the father and not the son.

my son is my favorite person in the world! And as he gets older I'll get him into all sorts of geek things, and I feel like he'll take after me more than anyone else. So there'll be this special way of writing, a special way of communicating, between us.

So, thank you for giving me an opportunity to share something with my son. :)
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cbettenbender Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm going to cry again. I just.... Thank you! I'm so glad you are doing this. I'm so honored, really. :)
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mariomanultimate Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
They have a structure, I remember I believe Doctor Who Confidential, when the show first launched. They said the Circular Gallifreyan was based on the insides of Victorian fob watches, which then they based an entire structure mimicking the looks of it. However in their version, each circle is a sentence, so I have no idea how they work that out. On the Doctor's cot, it was written individually, similar to the way you made it.
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cbettenbender Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Mine is more expanded like the cot writing, whereas Loren Sherman's is a lot closer to the canon version.
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mariomanultimate Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
I see. Sherman's was very well thought out, but I just felt a bitiffy about it. This one has its own method, which I like a lot.
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cbettenbender Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much. :) honestly, if you have any questions, I'd be more than willing to help you with them. It makes me so happy that this silly thing I made up on a whim is actually catching on and making others happy. :D
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mariomanultimate Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
I think this will become as widely known as Sherman's Gallifreyan :D
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cbettenbender Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my goodness, thank you! I've always been a tiny bit jealous of him for it. He's my friend. ;)
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therosetyler Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
REMEMBER THAT ONE TIME YOU MADE ME DECIPHER THIS AND I GOT IT IN LESS THAN A WEEK

AND I WAS STILL TOO STUPID TO ACTUALLY STRUCTURALIZE IT COMPLETELY

GAH
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cbettenbender Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Dude, the fact that you got as far as you did, which was most of the way, is AMAZING. It's a hard code to break. You are BRILLIANT. :3
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therosetyler Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It was still difficult, so I guess not as smart as you. ;P
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cbettenbender Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Push making a code and breaking a code are two completely different things.
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therosetyler Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, and you're great at both, you lyrical genius.


The adjective lyrical is completely irrelevant but I like the way it sounds describing you.
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cbettenbender Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I am very much okay with that. You are gorgeous. :)
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therosetyler Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are a lyrical monstrosity and I mean that in the greatest way possible.
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cbettenbender Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I understand and I love you for that.
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