[Taxacom] Language tags for scientific names
jcclark-lists at earthlink.net
Sun Jun 29 09:43:51 CDT 2008
On 2008-06-29 00:53, Paul van Rijckevorsel wrote:
> The point is clear, but it is only extremely limited, as these names are
> used in an English sentence and the English language does not decline nouns
Except in the genitive's case.
> Imagine what would happen if we started to decline (and conjugate) African,
> Australian aboriginal, Chinese names, etc according to their native grammar
> depending on their position in an English sentence ... !
> Also not all parts of names are in the nominative: parts are in the
> genitive, and verbs are allowed.
The genus, hence the binomial itself, is always treated as the nominative.
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