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Question About German

So I'm learning German on Duolingo and I'm finding it really easy so far. Is there a reason why all nouns are capitalised? I read in a website that it started a few centuries ago.

April 28, 2016

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pseudocreobotra

There is no real reason as far as I know but a Dutch study has shown that it makes reading easier and it increases reading speed (not limited to German natives, it also works if you introduce noun capitalisation to languages that normally don't use it).

It provides a orientation aid for the eyes and helps to reduce ambiguity but is also criticised for being a common source of spelling mistakes (because it's pretty inconsistent in German).

April 28, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Vegnio

If I understand well, it all began with Luther, who thaught it will be easier to read, and later it became a standard.

April 28, 2016
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