Ietf-languages Digest, Vol 165, Issue 21

Elizabeth Pyatt ejp10 at
Thu Feb 23 14:32:13 CET 2017

On Feb 22, 2017, at 4:31 PM, ietf-languages-request at wrote:

> I refer you to my earlier question to you - not yet answered - which
> was: "Which language are taxonomic names "divisions or variations

One could call this “Neo Latin” in that modern taxonomy includes vocabulary never used by the ancient Romans. 
However, new vocabulary conforms with the grammar of Classical Latin. Note than even Classical Latin borrowed words from other languages, but then reconfigured them to fit Latin grammar.

An example of a neo Latin word is Vicipædia “Wikipedia”. Obviously there was no Wikipedia in the ancient world, but the current word Vicipædia is inflected as if it were a Latin 1st declension noun (e.g. in in Vicipaediam for “in Wikipedia”).

Hope this helps.
E. Pyatt

Elizabeth J. Pyatt, Ph.D.
Instructional Designer/Lecturer in Linguistics
Penn State University
ejp10 at

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