“Dao with a Capital D”: A Study in the Significance of Capitalization

The use of initial capitals to designate special qualities of a term—Dao, Beauty, Intelligence, Dasein—is widespread in popular and scholarly writing. In this article, I trace the history and significance of the practice from the earliest days of printed English books to the present. Giving special...

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Published in:Journal of the American Academy of Religion
Main Author: Levinovitz, Alan
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: [2015]
In:Journal of the American Academy of Religion
Year: 2015, Volume: 83, Issue: 3, Pages: 780-807
Online Access: Volltext (Verlag)
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Summary:The use of initial capitals to designate special qualities of a term—Dao, Beauty, Intelligence, Dasein—is widespread in popular and scholarly writing. In this article, I trace the history and significance of the practice from the earliest days of printed English books to the present. Giving special attention to modern sinological work, I then argue that such use of initial capitals is an impediment to clear communication in scholarly writing and suggest it be abandoned.
ISSN:1477-4585
Contains:Enthalten in: American Academy of Religion, Journal of the American Academy of Religion
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1093/jaarel/lfv033