"i" (was: INTERSYSTEMAL CONLANG)
|From:||John Cowan <jcowan@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, July 2, 2002, 4:16|
Steg Belsky scripsit:
> since then i don't really understand why in english "i" has to be
> capitalized, setting it apart from the other pronouns.
Because in old handwriting a lower-case "i" was just an up-down stroke,
and it too easily disappeared into the preceding or following words
otherwise. Note that the closely related languages, as well as OE
with "ic", do not have a single-letter word "i" and do not capitalize
the first person pronoun.
John Cowan <jcowan@...> http://www.reutershealth.com
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han mathon ne chae, a han noston ne 'wilith. --Galadriel, _LOTR:FOTR_