Vernacular concepts

Clemants, Steve steveclemants at BBG.ORG
Thu Mar 3 09:28:08 CST 2005

>Well, because ultimately learning a new language is easier the earlier
it is done, and also because probably the Latin >name is more reliable
and accurate.  

Since my book is for adults not children I question whether it is easier
at that stage for someone to learn a new language.  Furthermore my goals
are elsewhere, for language they should seek a different book. I also
suspect that many in the public would question whether the Latin name is
more reliable since the public sees so many name changes. 

I still believe there is a role for vernacular names and Latin names. I
also see a value in trying to standardize the vernacular names which
would make them more accurate.


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