[sw-l] Underlining Proper Name-Signs

Ingvild Roald iroald at HOTMAIL.COM
Sat Jun 4 15:27:11 UTC 2005


>From: "Valerie Sutton" <sutton at signwriting.org>
>>Date: Sat, 4 Jun 2005 07:28:15 -0700
>SignWriting List
>June 4, 2005

>Hello Ingvild and Everyone!
>Thank you for this message. Yes, it has been agreed, after a great  many
>messages, that having a way to capitalize signs is an important
>punctuation feature that should be available to all who want to use
>it...and underlining in horizontal writing is the standard way to
>capitalize a sign...so go right ahead and use it, Ingvild, and I want  to
>thank everyone once again for this input.

Yes, I think this is an important feature
>A side note, related to capitalization in spoken languages that use  the
>Roman Alphabet -
>Back when I was 19 years old, I moved to Denmark, and there I learned  to
>speak some Danish. When it came time for me to write Danish in  email
>messages, years later, I found out that I put too many capital  letters in
>my written Danish...those Danes (or is it danes?) who were  writing to me,
>used fewer capital letters than I did...For example,  they did not
>capitalize the name of the language danish...so I  realized that i did not
>know the capitalization rules in Danish.
>What are they in Norwegian, Ingvild? Do you use capital letters like  we do
>in English?...I assume you do not...but I do not know the rules  myself....

In Norwegian, we do not capitalize nearly as much as you do in English. We
capitaalize the proper names only, not their derivatives. Thus, we
capitalise Norge (Norway) but not norsk (Norwegian).


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