four i's

Neal Evenhuis neale at BISHOP.BISHOP.HAWAII.ORG
Thu Dec 7 09:10:08 CST 1995

On Thu, 7 Dec 1995, Gary Rosenberg wrote:

> ^Tudicula ishiii^ Matsui, 1959 (J. Fac. Sci. Hokkaido Univ. (4)10(2):298)
> was named for Jiro Ishii.  Thankfully, the name was not first Latinized to
> give genitive "ishiiii."  Even under the new code, one will have to know
> the spelling of the name on which the honorific was based to judge if
> truncating an i is permitted.

Even worse:
Though I can't say if this is happened yet or not, there are surnames "Ii"
here in Hawaii and Japan, so if a species was named after a male member
of that family and the name Latinized (hey, is it lower case "l" here or
capitalized "L" for Latinized?--I've seen both in messages from people on
this list) . . anyway, then the patronymic result would be "iiii" (which
might be confusing when juxtaposed with Roman numeraled pagination!).


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