[Taxacom] Language tags for scientific names

Andy Mabbett andy at pigsonthewing.org.uk
Sat Jun 28 10:36:26 CDT 2008

In message <48664263.3020503 at earthlink.net>, Curtis Clark 
<jcclark-lists at earthlink.net> writes

>On 2008-06-27 15:41, Andy Mabbett wrote:
>> Of course there is a basic difference. The former pair uses two real,
>> and different languages. You seem to be under the misapprehension that
>> taxonomic names published under different codes are in different
>> languages. That's not the case, certainly from an IETF-languages point
>> of view [*].
>Andy, you've said that you are an amateur. You didn't specify whether 
>in IETF or in systematics, but my understanding of IETF gleaned from 
>the Unicode list is that national bodies and speakers of languages have 
>at least a little say in what constitutes the entities in the 
>classification. Scientific nomenclature has international bodies, and 
>the "cultures" are represented here on Taxacom, so I don't think you 
>should be so readily dismissive.

I'm not being "dismissive", readily or otherwise; I'm giving a 
/considered/ opinion.

Though I've yet to meet a fluent speaker of ICBN or ICZN. Perhaps you 
could point me to a guide outlining the differences in their 

Andy Mabbett

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