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You know, Doctor Who. I figure if we've got Tengwar and Sindarin, we've probably got Timelord (specifically Circular Gallifreyan). Anyone?

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    You could probably just download it and use XeLaTeX...
    – Werner
    Dec 24, 2016 at 19:18
  • ... or use LuaLaTeX.
    – jon
    Dec 24, 2016 at 19:48
  • Do you want the script called „Timelord“ or the Timelord symbols known as Gallifreyan, and which version of the five (known) ones? Dec 26, 2016 at 21:48
  • Oh, wow, I'm not as big of a Whovian as I thought! I want Circular Gallifreyan. I edited the question to clarify.
    – Translunar
    Dec 29, 2016 at 17:31
  • KIDNEYS! I'VE GOT NEW KIDNEYS! Dec 29, 2016 at 17:35

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No, for the simple reason that the sentence structure is not linear.

In general (and this is also how TeX works), fonts contain a bunch of symbols that are extracted from the font and placed in a line to form a sentence. The only adjustments made are horizontal kerning - moving the symbols left or right, depending on neighbouring symbols.

Circular Gallifreyan is, well, circular and therefore not linear. Adjustments are made horizontally and vertically, together with rotation. The following is a word - a circle of symbols:

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The following is a sentence (a circle of circular symbols):

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The symbol/word/sentence structure of this "language" is more of an art form than what we commonly see in the recti-linear world of writing. You are most likely going to be forced to draw these words/sentences using a graphics package.

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  • Oh, fascinating. Is that also true for Arabic when it's not written entirely linearly?
    – Translunar
    Jan 3, 2017 at 16:10
  • @Dr.JohnnyMohawk: Can you provide an example? Arabic is supported in TeX; I'm sure it adheres to some linear format.
    – Werner
    Jan 3, 2017 at 16:21
  • Google Arabic calligraphy: google.com/… It's sometimes linear, but not usually.
    – Translunar
    Jan 4, 2017 at 16:57
  • @Dr.JohnnyMohawk: That's not true Arabic, but rather calligraphy - "a visual art related to writing". In general, Arabic is linear.
    – Werner
    Jan 4, 2017 at 17:24

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