Language for taxonomic names, redux

Michael Everson everson at
Sat Feb 25 01:08:02 CET 2017

> On 24 Feb 2017, at 17:05, Arthur Reutenauer <arthur.reutenauer at> wrote:
> As at least Michael, Doug, and I already tried to point out, “that taxonomy thing” is most definitely not a language in any meaning of the term.  It is a specialised *vocabulary*.  

What makes it unique is that that particular, invariant vocabulary can be and is embedded in text in many languages. 

>> I see all kinds of requirements appearing suddenly: 'what about country codes' or 'what about speech synthesisers'.
>> Are those really relevant to the process?
>  These are not requirements, it was simply points raised during the discussion.  Country codes were raised by Michael in reaction to Andy’s in my opinion outlandish claim that binomial names were to be pronounced the same in all languages, and speech synthesis was brought by Andy himself in his initial email this year, and led to some questions (how would it work?).



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