[Taxacom] Somewhat OT, was Re: New species of the future

Frank.Krell at dmns.org Frank.Krell at dmns.org
Wed Oct 30 15:47:39 CDT 2013

I sent a former version of the following a couple of dozen posts ago, but it got stuck somewhere:

Fellow taxonomists,
I do not think that we need stricter or more explicit rules regarding to the grammatically correct formation of names. We probably need more explicit *recommendations* in the Code presenting basic rules of Latin grammar as relevant to the formation of names. Recommendations are not mandatory, but give guidelines for the ones who want to be guided.

I would strongly suggest to remove all grammar related issues out of the mandatory articles of the Code and into recommendations.

I would like to maintain gender agreement as the only grammar-related mandatory rule to avoid disruption, but all the rest just helps to maintain scholarship, but not necessarily nomenclatural stability and universality.


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From: taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu [mailto:taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of Michael A. Ivie
Sent: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 2:41 PM
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Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Somewhat OT, was Re: New species of the future

The reason that important people involved in science (those who allocate money and make hiring decisions) think taxonomists are not important and unworthy of support is that they think we will waste a hundred posts dithering on about the ridiculous issue of ending a name with "a" or "us" in various versions of a dead language that has no connection at all to actual science.  Maybe they are right? Twenty years from now, this conversation will be properly understood as ridiculous.  Get an identifier on a taxon, make sure is it unique, and leave it be.  No one (in the statistical sense) in the biochem department cares (and they have funding for a reason).



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