nominal characters

Curtis Clark jcclark at CSUPOMONA.EDU
Wed Apr 5 08:54:49 CDT 1995

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Eric Zurcher wrote:
 > Surely the number of cotyledons could be construed as ordered
 >(at least in an abstract sense; whether it is biologically sensible to do so
 >is quite another matter).

It is as biologically sensible as ordering colors (do we use RGB, CMYK,
HSV, or what?)

 > Well then, perhaps
 >whether a particular structure disarticulates or is persistent?

It seems to me that *any* two-state character is implicitly ordered.

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