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About I pronoun...

Postby IOP » Mon, 25 Oct 2010 3:54 pm

hi,

why do we write I pronoun using upper case letter?
is there any history behind?

in my native lang it is lower-case...
what about other langs?

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Postby x9200 » Mon, 25 Oct 2010 7:39 pm

After http://alt-usage-english.org/excerpts/fxwhyisi.html

The Barnhart Dictionary of Etymology (Wilson, 1988, ISBN
0-8242-0745-9) says: "~I~ pron. 1137 i; later I (about 1250,
in The Story of Genesis and Exodus); developed from the unstressed
form of Old English (about 725) ic singular pronoun of the first
person (nominative case). Modern and Middle English I developed
from earlier i in the stressed position. I came to be written
with a capital letter thereby making it a distinct word and avoiding
misreading handwritten manuscripts.
[..]

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Postby Wind In My Hair » Mon, 25 Oct 2010 9:46 pm

I like this thread! Learnt something today. Thanks IOP for asking the question and X-man for answering it.

IOP, what is your native language?

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Postby IOP » Tue, 26 Oct 2010 10:56 am

x9200 wrote:After http://alt-usage-english.org/excerpts/fxwhyisi.html

The Barnhart Dictionary of Etymology (Wilson, 1988, ISBN
0-8242-0745-9) says: "~I~ pron. 1137 i; later I (about 1250,
in The Story of Genesis and Exodus); developed from the unstressed
form of Old English (about 725) ic singular pronoun of the first
person (nominative case). Modern and Middle English I developed
from earlier i in the stressed position. I came to be written
with a capital letter thereby making it a distinct word and avoiding
misreading handwritten manuscripts.
[..]



It's great, thanks!


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