From: Antoine Leca (Antoine10646@leca-marti.org)
Date: Mon Sep 19 2005 - 11:06:21 CDT
On Monday, September 19th, 2005 14:07Z Doug Ewell wrote:
> Antoine Leca <Antoine10646 at leca dash marti dot org> wrote:
>>> Partly relevant to this is the perception that in Italian, the
>>> uppercase form of é is E'.
>> I do not believe this is the underlying reason.
>>> This idea exists because the standard Italian keyboard contains
>>> a key for lowercase é but not for uppercase É.
> Sorry, I think you misunderstood me.
Yes, it seems so. I am sorry too.
> I meant that in both French and Italian, constraints
> on either typewriter technology or computer keyboard layouts have
> caused a perceived orthographic change in the handling of capital
> letters with accents.
I agree the similar constraints are driving reasons for the existence of
fallback orthographic mechanisms (I only disagree about which technologies:
as I said, it occured as soon as in the XVIIIth c., so typewriters are
hardly relevant. Much less computer keyboards. ;-))
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