The Power of I:
Balancing Individualism and Collectivism in the Workplace

Arin N. Reeves
April 2011

What if i argued that You, the reader, should be shown greater reverence in the way i capitalize my pronouns? Would You feel like We were more having more of a dialogue if i broke a few capitalization rules to be more inclusive?

English is the only language where the pronoun referring to the self is capitalized. The architecture of many languages like Hindi, Arabic and Hebrew don’t even have capital letters, but of the languages that have capital letters and capitalization rules, none other than English requires the capitalization of the individual self that is speaking. In other words, in English, I am to stand out in a sentence whether you, he, she and/or they are part of the conversation.