> >The only attested occurence of a Sindarin w-letter is vilya in the
> >word thîw on the Doors of Durin (DTS 8), but this can't be used in
> >the King's Letter modes, since there, the quessetéma is a mere
> True, both the Mode of Gondor and the Full Mode of Gondor employ
> the quessetémar for a velar series, yet it seems that within that
> series, no sound is really assigned to wilya?
No. Some have hypothesized that it might be used for the glottal stop,
mainly based on the Numenian mode chart, I suppose, and perhaps on the
mention of that sound in the Cirth section in appendix E. Anyway, the
sound of [w] doesn't fit in that place (and the sound of [kw] does
even much less).
> >We must look what w-letter is used in similar modes. The most
> >similar modes are those that use the quessetéma as a k-series and
> >place the vowel tehtar on the following letter, and in these modes,
> >both initial w and w (or u) as a second element of diphthongs are
> >represented with vala.
> Alright, since no sound is assigned to vala in the King's Letter
> modes either, and you say it's attested as being used for w (u), I
> guess that settles it as the safest assumption to make here :).
> BTW, when saying "these modes", which samples (DTS number) are you
> referring to (I'm not _that_ familiar with all the specimina and
> would like to look it up)?
Ah, suspicious but you don't have enough time! :)
Go for the modes page on Måns Björkman's excellent site Amanye
Tenceli; the mode we're referring to is those samples of the "general
use" where the tengwar bear the following tehtar. He distinguish these
from the other general use modes, but that's no big deal since there
are few of the other. And I must warn you: There's one exception.
DTS 5 has one instance of a u-tehta on a short carrier in the name
"Reuel". This exception could be explained if we assume that in a
proper name, it's more important to reflect the English distinction
between the letters w and u as second parts of vowel digraphs. We
could also assume that it were a different mode (the ee-digraph is
represented with two short carriers as well).
You're lucky: I've found a little electronic paper where I've
collected all instances of w and consonantal y. I've uploaded it to
the files section; it's the file "general_use.txt". Go for the section
entitled "What I Got from the Material".
j. 'mach' wust