Language for taxonomic names, redux

Yury Tarasievich yury.tarasievich at
Fri Feb 24 07:04:44 CET 2017

On 23/02/17 20:45, Doug Ewell wrote:
> Where I think we are running into disagreement, or miscommunication, is
> the question of whether this is a "language" or not. Languages have
> grammars and different parts of speech that can be used to express a
> very wide range of content. You cannot say "Hello, Andy" or "Is it sunny
> outside?" or "God save the Queen" or "Ouch!" using taxonomical
> nomenclature. To many of us, it is a system of labels, a very flexible
> and useful and well-known one, but not a "language".

Well... Any language is a system of labels 
(pointing to mental models), actually. ))
What's the problem with having a tag for that 
taxonomy thing? That's a highly specialised 
language, Latin-derived. And when there'll 
happen a Wikipedia in it, we'll see all sorts of 
"hello andies".


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