Optimality Theory Modelling of the Use of Capital and Small Initial Letters: An Example Analysis of the English Texts around 1730

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dc.contributor.authorGrueter, Majana
dc.date.accessioned2021-12-23T15:57:27Z-
dc.date.available2021-12-23T15:57:27Z-
dc.date.issued2009
dc.identifier.issn07219067
dc.identifier.urihttps://osnascholar.ub.uni-osnabrueck.de/handle/unios/2935-
dc.description.abstractBased on the view that orthography is a means of reader orientation, this article examines the role of capitalization in a sample of English early modern texts. The format of optimality theory provides the instrument for an in-depth analysis of the use of capital letters, as well as an adequate method of describing the variation within the texts. The default criteria for capitals are of syntactic character, whereas semantic constraints prohibit majuscules. Several aspects of grammar and meaning play a part in the evaluation of different spellings, distinguishing between automated processes (lower ranked constraints) and claims of semantics and the lexicon (higher ranked constraints). This article exemplifies the analysis with a short excerpt from an 18(th) century novel and illustrates the three parts of my approach: first, the division of the text into its constituents; second, an evaluation of the capitalization on the basis of syntactic and semantic criteria, and eventually the representation in an optimality theory tableau. Together, these steps help to establish a profile of the text which pinpoints the specific hierarchy of the different constraints.
dc.language.isode
dc.publisherMOUTON DE GRUYTER
dc.relation.ispartofZEITSCHRIFT FUR SPRACHWISSENSCHAFT
dc.subjectcapitalization
dc.subjectearly modern period
dc.subjectLanguage & Linguistics
dc.subjectLinguistics
dc.subjectoptimality theory
dc.subjectorthography
dc.subjectsyntactic and semantic criteria for capitals
dc.titleOptimality Theory Modelling of the Use of Capital and Small Initial Letters: An Example Analysis of the English Texts around 1730
dc.typejournal article
dc.identifier.doi10.1515/ZFSW.2009.025
dc.identifier.isiISI:000272422500001
dc.description.volume28
dc.description.issue2
dc.description.startpage203
dc.description.endpage230
dc.publisher.placeGENTHINER STRASSE 13, 10785 BERLIN, GERMANY
dcterms.isPartOf.abbreviationZ. Sprachwiss.
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