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Carol She's So Novel꧁꧂  | 4421 comments https://www.goodreads.com/book/edit/4...

Firstly is this the correct way to show the title on a danish language novel - even though the title is in English?

Secondly the award is malformed Nomineret til DR Roman translates for me to Nominated for DR Roman. I know roman is novel in a few languages, but does anyone know what the DR award is. Thanks so much. :)


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lethe | 13561 comments I found these: https://da.wikipedia.org/wiki/DR_Roma...

The first sentences in Google Translate:
"The DR Roman [i.e. Novel] Prize - up until 2004 called Radioens Romanpris and in 2005-2007 called the P2 Roman Prize - is a literature prize awarded by the radio program P2 Plus Book, the former Alphabet, on DR's P2. In 2008, the distribution took place in collaboration with DR2. The prize was awarded for the first time in 1999."

DR is the Danish Broadcasting Corporation: https://www.dr.dk/om-dr/about-dr


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annob | 1484 comments Carol She's So Novel꧁꧂ wrote: "https://www.goodreads.com/book/edit/4...
Firstly is this the correct way to show the title on a danish language novel - even though the title is in English?"


I'm Swedish, not Danish but if I am to trust Wikipedia then yes, only the first letter (and names/placenames) are normally capitalized in a Danish title, even when it consists of English words.

It's my understanding most European languagues except German and English uses sentence case capitalization on book titles. But if I'm misinformed I would be happy to be enlightened. :)


message 4: by lethe (last edited Apr 18, 2019 09:19AM) (new)

lethe | 13561 comments annob wrote: "It's my understanding most European languagues except German and English uses sentence case capitalization on book titles. But if I'm misinformed I would be happy to be enlightened. :)"

It is certainly true for Dutch :)

French has some complicated capitalization rules depending on whether the title is a sentence or not.


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Arenda | 19909 comments annob wrote: "It's my understanding most European languagues except German and English uses sentence case capitalization on book titles."

German also uses sentence capitalization for titles; they just capitalize more words compared to other languages. They capitalize all nouns, no matter if they are in a sentence or in a title.


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Scott | 16311 comments Did someone ask for a Danish eating librarian?


message 7: by annob (last edited Apr 18, 2019 10:18AM) (new)

annob | 1484 comments Well played, Scott :)

@Arenda: Thank you for improving what I tried to articulate. I guess it's obvious I've never learnt to speak German. I was aware of the noun practise at least.


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Johanne *the biblionaut* | 27 comments Hi all. Danish speaking librarian here. As you guys have pointed out, we only capitalize the first letter in a new sentence, and names. But we do tend to keep the capitalization rules when we use English titles, I actually think both would be correct. In this case I checked how the book was registered in our national library catalogue, and the Englist title rules were followed, i.e. "Lone Star" and I fixed that. DR Romanprisen is a prize that translates to Denmark's Radio's Novel Prize, and is a prize given every year. Lone Star is nominated for this years prize, but a winner hasn't been announced yet, so I am unsure how it should be put. In any case 'DR Romanprisen' is the proper name for the prize.


Carol She's So Novel꧁꧂  | 4421 comments Scott wrote: "Did someone ask for a Danish eating librarian?"

Hahaha, I make so many typos that I had to check whether I had accidentally asked for a Danish eating librarian!

& thanks lethe & Johanne. I'll now research if this award has been entered under earlier names or not.

As far as the book title goes, I would lean towards using normal English language capitalisation in this case.


Carol She's So Novel꧁꧂  | 4421 comments Ok fixed. There was already one book listed on GR with this prize.

Thanks everyone! :)

https://www.goodreads.com/award/show/...


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