Times article on DWJ/Conrad's Fate

Colin Fine colin at kindness.demon.co.uk
Tue Mar 29 16:24:30 EST 2005


minnow at belfry.org.uk wrote:

>deborah replied to my
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>>|The ones that worry me are Chinese names, because half the time their
>>|owners are being polite to the ignorant English and put the patronymic at
>>|the end as we do, and the other half of the time they're not, and one never
>>|knows which it is unless one asks or one of the names is obviously
>>|European, like Vanessa, which gives one a fair go at it.
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>with usefulness
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>>A common convention with chinese names is to all-caps the patronymic,
>>eg ZHANG Ziyi (who, as her fame as increased in English speaking
>>countries to the extent that she oresented at the Oscars, now goes by
>>Ziyi ZHANG).
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>Thank you very much!  That's an active help in at least three places/cases
>I am immediately concerned with, and has saved me a lot of scrabbling about
>trying to be sure (since the books they're in are collections, and the
>names don't appear in the info page for library-filing, but do appear in
>the contents-listing and in the format you've suggested).  Cheers!
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>Minnow
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What is slightly confusing is that French people seem to do the same: in 
normal life, they put their names the same way round as we do, but my 
observations suggest that in filling in forms they normally put their 
family name first, but capitalise it.

Colin

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