Language of descriptions

Nicholas S. Lander nickl at HERB.CALM.WA.GOV.AU
Fri Oct 27 10:14:25 CDT 1995

At 08:16 AM 27/10/95 EST, you wrote:
>     I too like having at least a Latin diagnosis of a taxon in a paper <snip>
>     I think we botanists have a great
>     advantage in having references such as W. Stearn's 'Botanical Latin',
>     which allow most botanists to piece together a diagnosis with minimal
>     background in Latin  <snip> and to translate published
>     diagnoses or descriptions.

And we are lucky to have Peter Bostock's program TRANSLAT which has codified
much of what is in Stearn and which will translate descriptions and
diagnoses form Latin into English in seconds.  Peter Bostock may be
contacted at the Queensland Herbarium (BRI), I believe.

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