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Circular Gallifreyan
Registered by [Deactivated User] on 31 January 2017
Language type A priori
Species Human/humanoid
About Circular Gallifreyan
Gallifreyan is the language spoken by the Time Lords of Gallifrey from the British tv show Doctor Who.

The Time Lords are a time-aware species capable of traveling through time and space who have taken upon themselves to protect the Web of Time from other time traveling species.
Skegletorahh-gallã is how the modern version of the language is known. It has an alphabet of interlocking circles and a few logographic symbols.

Some grammatical aspects of Gallifreyan:
  • It falls under the human linguistic category of analytical/isolating
  • SOV
  • Number and Gender are marked in multiple ways
  • Base 7 counting system
  • Noun and Verb cases
  • Most species refer to it as a "bunch of gibberish" since it sounds like it doesn't make any sense
  • Although it posses a set of phonetic rules, most of its phonology is context dependent
  • Thanks to the influence of hundred of alien languages, Gallifreyan has adopted several sounds that are not present in the traditional human phonetic inventory. However, these have been omitted from this page since they are only found in some slangs and little dialects
  • Sample of Circular Gallifreyan[view] pira jyei vrosun/buseeta vilobhesor

    I see him/her/it.
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    Sound samples in Circular Gallifreyan
    Some sound samples of Circular Gallifreyan. Maximum of 6 shown. Click the links to see the full texts.
    Pira jyei skegletorahh-gallã -hef źodwyy.
    I speak English
    Language family relationships
    Language treeHigh Gallifreyan
     ⤷ Primitive Gallifreyan
      ⤷ Old High Gallifreyan
       ⤷ Old Linear Gallifreyan
        ⤷  Circular Gallifreyan
    [view] About High GallifreyanHigh Gallifreyan is the name of one of the two language families that originated in the planet Gallifrey. It began evolving by the time the Gallifreyan society split into Time Lords and Outsiders. Time Lords are highly conservative, which is why the ...
    [view] Drome'gallã (Endless Philosophy Gallifreyan)Also known as Otherside Gallifreyan. It's a dialect spoken in the continent of Endless Philosophy where the Arkalian and Dromeian Academies are.
    [view] Sçendeles'gallã (Outsiders Gallifreyan)Kindly referred as Dirty Gallifreyan by the Time Lords. Not so much of an actual modern Gallifreyan dialect since it keeps some of the grammatical structures of Old High Gallifreyan but its vocabulary is all Circular. It's one of the 2 languages spoken by the Outsiders (Time Lords dropouts who live in the wilderness).
    [view] Arćal'gallã (Town Gallifreyan)Referred by the Time Lords as Common Gallifreyan. It's spoken in villages and small cities neighboring the important Time Lords citadels. It's prohibited inside the citadels. Time Lords consider it an offense to Gallifreyan.
    Nasal m     n   [ɳ]1 ɲ   ŋ    
    Plosive p pʰ b     t tʰ d         k kʰ g   ʔ2
    Fricative   v θ s z ʃ ʒ   ç   x ɣ [χ]3 h
    Affricate       t͡s t͡ʃ d͡ʒ       k͡x    
    Lateral approximant       l     [ʎ]4        
    Approximant       [ɹ]5     j w      
    Trill [ʙ]6     r              
    Implosive [ɓ]7               [ɠ]8    
    Blends hr9 qy
    1. When ŋ occurs at the end of the word, allophone of /ŋ/
    2. 1) Only between or before vowels. 2) For cases markers.
    3. Only between or before consonants, allophone of /ʔ/
    4. 1) When j is at the end of the word. 2) When jy are together, allophone of /j/
    5. When r is before or after to w, allophone of /r/
    6. Used when b is before any vowel at the beginning of a word, allophone of /b/
    7. When b is before h, allophone of /b/
    8. When g is before h, allophone of /g/
    Close i y       u
    Near-close   ɪ [ʏ]1   [ʊ]2  
    Close-mid e [ø]3       ɤ o
    Mid     [ə]4    
    Open-mid ɛ       [ɔ]5
    Near-open [æ]        
    Open a       [ɑ]6
    1. If oî / oi, allophone of /ɪ/
    2. If ou or ue, allophone of /o/
    3. When eo, allophone of /e/
    4. If ee, allophone of /e/
    5. When ae except if iae.
    6. If /aa/, allophone of /a/
    Below is the orthography for Circular Gallifreyan. This includes all graphemes as defined in the language's phonology settings - excluding the non-distinct graphemes/polygraphs.
     Circular GallifreyanOrthography
    Hh/h/Ii/i/Îî/ɪ/Íí/y/Jj/j/Kk/k/KH kh/kʰ/KX kx/k͡x/Ll/l/Mm/m/Nn/n/
    Ńń/ŋ/Ññ/ɲ/Óó/ɤ/Oo/o/Pp/p/PH ph/pʰ/Qq/qy/Rr/r/Ss/s/Śś/ʃ/Tt/t/
    TH th/tʰ/TS ts/t͡s/Uu/u/Úú/jʊ/Vv/v/Ww/w/Xx/x/Yy/ɣ/Zz/z/Źź/ʒ/
    ✖ Unknown alphabetical order
    1. 1) Only between or before vowels. 2) For cases markers.
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