Re: Which English mode do you prefer?
> Which mode do you prefer when writing in English?I personally prefer the phonemic modes, and according to how I understand
them, they don't depend on different pronunciations but for a few very
specific exceptions (only cases like: You distinguish 'cot' from 'caught' by
pronunciation, so you distinguish them by different spellings; he doesn't
distinguish them, so he writes them the same way).
My very favoured is the tehta mode of DTS 39 and 41, but as this mode is
only very poorly attested and thus requires a lot of own work. So I prefer
the mode seen on the 'Treebeard Page' (DTS 24) and in some minor samples
(DTS 15, 25, 28).
I fear none of these modes is described on the net, only the very similar
mode of the 'Bombadil' 'Elvish Script Sample' (DTS 18) (the best attested
mode of all). The best description is in the Tengwar Textbook by Chris
(I'm working on a description of these modes that includes a description of
how I understand their spelling, but I'm only getting along very, very
The modes I prefer are not the modes I recommend: I recommend the
orthographic modes - I think it's a matter of choice whether you prefer the
orthographic tehtar mode or the orthographic 'full writing' -, as they're
easier for most people, and not only because there's no good description of
the phonemic modes available, rather because it's difficult to get away from
Traditional English Spelling.