capitals...HC can you help?
Posted by Kate on May 11, 1998 at 08:37:52:
In response to Capitals, written by Lise on May 10, 1998 at 23:14:30
] I thought it was quite funny.
] In my book, a lot of words start with a capital even though they're in the middle of a sentence. What should I make of that?
I understand, though others may know better, that before the standardisation of English in the mid-late 18C, it was not unusual to capitalise all nouns, as in German. So it may be a hangover from this.
Also, it may have been a way of emphasising certain words.
And don't forget that JA wrote this when she was what, 12, 14? The editors have left in all her punctuation and spelling, so that you will notice for example that she spells friend as freind. This may simply have been a childish affectation.
But HC may know more about this.
- Her letters Caroline 14:29:20 5/13/98 (0)
- An example Lise 19:23:55 5/11/98 (1)
- I'm convinced that .... Caroline 19:40:55 5/11/98 (0)
- What about "freind"? Constanza 09:47:41 5/11/98 (1)
- no, I think it's just her spelling mistake... nfm Kate 12:08:03 5/11/98 (0)
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