Why does German use capital letters

Capital letter

Capital letter (German) [edit]

Noun, m[To edit]

[1] Latin text in Capital letter

Alternative spellings:

Switzerland and Liechtenstein:Capital letter

Word separation:

Uppercase letter, plural: uppercase letter


IPA: [ˈɡʁoːsbuːxˌʃtaːbə]
Audio samples: Capital letter (Info)


[1] Linguistics, written linguistics:Letter that is usually larger and in a different form compared to the corresponding lower case letter and is usually used as the first letter of a sentence, a name and in German as the first letter of nouns


Determinative compound large and Letter


[1] Uppercase, uppercase, uppercase

Sense releated words:

[1] Small caps

Opposite words:

[1] lower case letter

Generic terms:

[1] letter


[1] “The problem is not only the variation in the frequencies of letters in different text genres, but also the different frequency of use by individual authors, for example if they use certain family names very often and therefore the established ratio of Large- and smallletters deviates from the calculated frequencies. "[1]
[1] “One therefore invents extremely complicated ones Capital letter and varies their shapes. "[2]
[1] “The Greek text is in Capital letter, the Palmyrenian is given in lower case. "[3]
[1] “A makeshift wooden hut is being built over it, where the golden Capital letter the name Lenin is emblazoned. "[4]
[1] "Lowercase letters are in front of Capital letter classified. "[5]

Translations [edit]

References and further information:

[1] Wikipedia article "Uppercase"
[1] Digital dictionary of the German language "capital letter"


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