Re: Capitalization (Was: 03F3 j Greek Letter yot)

From: Gregg Reynolds (
Date: Fri Feb 18 2005 - 21:59:19 CST

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    Hans Aberg wrote:
    > At 14:49 -0800 2005/02/17, D. Starner wrote:
    >>>Now mix capitalization in the bag: In natural languages, capitalization
    >>>typically does not alter the semantics of the word.
    >>That's not invariable; there are rare cases where capitalization alter
    >>semantics. For example, Poles and poles are two different things. More
    >>importantly, capitalization alters the meaning of the sentence and paragraph.
    > It depends: If people cannot parse the sentence "he was a pole", or the
    > sentence in all-caps "HE WAS A POLE".

    And let's not forget (I'm not making this up) the American baseball
    coach Dick Pole.


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