capitalizing vernacular [English] names

Karl Magnacca kmagnacca at WESLEYAN.EDU
Fri Mar 4 08:25:01 CST 2005

On 4 Mar 2005 at 15:26, Fabian Haas wrote:
> One aspect of capitalized letters is that they help reading. Capital
> letters structure a sentencs, give some ankers for the eye to read, and
> so I still find German easier to read than English with less capitalized
> letters. Species names with capitalized letters would also make clear
> which of the words belong to the species name and which are a further
> decription. And easier to find if you are reading fast and search only
> for key words. Then species names would be pop out much clearer.

It's a matter of perspective, probably based on what kind of language
you first learned to read.  Capitals do indeed make the names pop out
clearer, but when too many things pop out the effect is diminished and
it just becomes crowded.  When there are fewer capitals the paragraph
structure is clearer because the starts of sentences are obvious.

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