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Re: [CONLANG]� Vowel romanization

From:Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>
Date:Saturday, February 21, 2004, 15:46
On Sat, Feb 21, 2004 at 10:38:51AM -0500, Mark J. Reed wrote:
> On Sat, Feb 21, 2004 at 03:10:55PM +0000, Joe wrote: > > Ah, yes, forgot that. Did they even use all caps on paper? > > The various handwritten forms of the alphabet didn't look much > at all like the engraved capitals. For a good example take a look > at the Vindolanda tablets at
. . . but to answer the question, it's true that they used "all caps" even on paper (or whatever they used. The Senators may have used paper, but the common folk wrote letters on wood). It'd be more accurate to say that the alphabet they used - in all its various incarnations - had only one form, or a few similar forms with no systematic alternation, for each letter. The idea of capitalization as we think of it came much later. -Mark