Vernacular concepts

Nozomi Ytow nozomi at BIOL.TSUKUBA.AC.JP
Wed Mar 2 06:18:53 CST 2005

Hidenobu Funakoshi wrote:

> Yes, you are right, Dr Ceska. All plants and animals in Japan except micro-
> organism has their standard vernacular names.

It's incorrect; some, or most, but not all.

Vernacular names are doubtlessly essential for non-western language
countrises even in scientific context as Adolf and Hidenobu pointed out.
To recruit children and youth to taxonomy, we need to use names
in native language (almost) compatible with latinised names.

Dr. Nozomi "James" Ytow
Institute of Biological Sciences / Gene research center
University of Tsukuba
Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8572

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