Q. mátengwië n. “language of the hands”
Conceptual Development: Tolkien first wrote, then rejected, the word Málambe for this term (VT47/23). As pointed out by the editors of the article (@@@ give names), the term lambë was associated with vocal languages, and therefore inappropriate for signing with hands.
References ✧ VT47/9, 23
|#tengwië||“reading; language (*signing)”||✧ VT47/23|