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Gallifreyan Guide P.3: Vowels by cbettenbender Gallifreyan Guide P.3: Vowels by cbettenbender
This is the third 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!

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watleuk Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
This is really interesting and creative, and a very good interpretation of the writing seen in the show. I've got a bit of a quibble though: The way you've grouped vowels here. The thing is, you've grouped the vowels as they are grouped in English. The English vowel system, with, for example, the letter 'i' representing both the sound in 'sit' but also the 'eye' sound, is very, very odd to foreigners, because the 'eye' sound is really a combination of 'a' (as in cat) and 'i' which in most languages is like our English 'ee' (It's also odd to non-English speakers that the 'ee' sound is represented by the letter 'e', I should say!)

Put simply, the vowels in their most common forms in most languages are:

Short 'A' as in cat
Long 'A' as in car
Short E as in bed
Long E as in 'stay' but a bit shorter (More like the french , if that means anything to you)
Short I as in sit
Long I like the 'ee' in feet
Short O as in cot
Long O as in bow
And U like the 'oe' in shoe.

Most languages form the combined vowel sounds like 'eye' and 'ay' and stuff by - exactly that, combining the basic vowels they have!

I won't go into too much more boring, pretentious detail, but one last thing: most foreigners also hear our U as in 'but' like a sort of very short A sound!

My point is that in Gallifreyan, it's not all that logical for the vowel sounds to be grouped as they are in English like you've done here: I'd suggest, if you want to revise the system, that depending on how 'regular' you want the writing system to be, you either arrange them in groups based on 'length' of vowel (So put A as in 'cat' and 'car' and also U as in 'but' in the same group) or come up with some grouping system of your own, rather than using our irregular english system!

I hope you're not offended, I'm only hoping to help! Besides this it's very, very good and as a Doctor Who fan and a linguist, I'm very impressed!
cbettenbender Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have realized that the language is a bit English-based, but I only divided them up that way for the purpose of convenience. The categories ally have nothing to do with any sort of real language. That's why I included the sound key as well so that it is a bit more clear. The English letters really are just there for clarification and division by symbols, rather than formal linguistic categorization.
watleuk Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
...Unless, of course, you intend it purely as a cypher for English, and not as a language of its own, in which case, do ignore me!
MystaC Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
I love how I was making out the sounds out loud to see there and how they are placed here like you have them, and I thought to myself so how in the circle would an O be placed since the way it sounds..then I seen that the symbol is pretty different from the rest, makes complete sense too.
cbettenbender Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad you're doing well with it!
therosetyler Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I got this down in my notes when deciphering. Boo-yah.
cbettenbender Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You are the only person ever to figure this out without my teaching them. You will always be my sexy genius lady. ;)
therosetyler Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cbettenbender Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes of course. I love you, sexy genius lady. ;)
therosetyler Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And I love you, random citizen.
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