Language for taxonomic names, redux

Yury Tarasievich yury.tarasievich at
Fri Feb 24 22:23:11 CET 2017

On 24/02/17 22:16, Doug Ewell wrote:
>> I would also like other members of this list to be explicit about their
>> support. misgivings, or disapproval of the scheme.
> I'm fairly opposed, mostly because of the slippery-slope issue.
> Taxonomic names are not a language (sorry, Yury, they're not) and we

...which wasn't what I was suggesting, anyway 
('a highly specialised form of language'; 
Latin-derived; grammar rules; no verbs).

And an Aquitanian example (thanks, John) 
highlights the point even better.

> can't even agree on what language they're a variant of (I would strongly
> argue Latin). Like Mark, I can easily imagine future requests for things
> like "business speak" or "bureaucratese" or Cockney rhyming slang or

...which would be easily declined, those 
entities being a stylistic (!) subsets of English.


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