On Tue, Jun 25, 2013 at 1:24 PM, BPJ <bpj@...
> I'm not. I'm just strongly opinionated, as you are WRT
> capitalization. In both cases the people who design
> orthographies/**transliterations/**transcriptions do what pleases
> *them* best. It ain't their concern to please you or me, nor
> should it be. Most people are able to muster good arguments for
> doing things the way they do, even when that's the opposite way
> from one's own preference. Orthographic nitpicking serves one
> purpose only: to put down those who don't adhere to the 'rules',
> which seldom are about preserving the expression of grammatical,
> phonological or semantic distinctions, and often go against that
> single valid concern[^1]. And I make money out of that idiocy!
We all have different preferences, but I do very much think it's valuable
to use capitalization at the beginning of sentences and for proper nouns.
That seems to be close to the minimum use for it, and they are both
important signals for readers used to reading languages written in Latin
script. To me, using capitalization is a "consider the audience" type of
question -- your audience will benefit from using some capitalization
standards. Of course, anyone is perfectly free to make an aesthetic choice
contrary to that. I guess part of my issue is that, to me, the romanization
is such a utilitarian thing that I really don't think too hard about the
aesthetics of it, just the utilitarian concerns of elegance and
accessibility. A long time ago I put down my general thoughts on how
romanizations should be evaluated and thoughtfully constructed here:
> [^1]: A thousand years ago people in this part of the world made
> just dandy with a phonologically underspecified, caseless
> script precisely because it preserved all relevant
> grammatical distinctions!
Not sure where you are precisely, but many writing systems are still that
way. A few also dispense with white space, which Roman script itself didn't
have for a good long time. But modern readers of Roman script are used to
white space and punctuation and capitalization
ANDTHEYFINDTEXTLIKETHISQUITEDIFFICULTTOREAD evenmoresotextlikethis. I've
heard arguments that even for contemporaries, Roman script was harder to
read without whitespace than it would have been with it -- there are claims
that very few people were able to read silently when there wasn't some sort
of word separation.