Message 2005-12-0003: Minor rewordings of Article 17?

Mon, 26 Sep 2005 16:35:45 +0200

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Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2005 16:35:45 +0200
From: [unknown]
To: PML <>
Subject: Minor rewordings of Article 17?

17.1. In order to be established, a clade name must be composed of mo=
re than=20
one letter and consist exclusively of letters of the Latin alphabet, =
is taken to include j, k, w and y, rare or absent in classical Latin.

It is obvious anyway, but maybe z should be included in that list. Li=
ke y,=20
it does not occur in any Latin words and was only used to transcribe =
and other foreign languages (Capital of Dacia: Sarmizegetusa). Or may=
be the=20
sentence should end in "consist exclusively of some or all of the=
conventional 26 letters of the Latin alphabet" or something.

Recommendation 17A. Names established under this code should be=20
pronounceable. Thus, every syllable should contain a vowel (or diphth=

The occasional syllabic consonant isn't much of a problem (even thoug=
h such=20
things don't exist in Latin or Greek). Many English words end in syll=
that have l or n instead of a vowel, and e. g. most kinds of American=
English are chock full of syllables with r in the vowel place. What s=
be limited is consonant clusters. The fossil mammal *Ausktribosphenos=
nyktos* (from _Aus_tralia, from the K =3D Cretaceous, and it has trib=
teeth) is about the limit of what I find reasonably pronounceable, an=
d I=20
have an Indo-European mother tongue, whereas most other languages don=
allow any consonant clusters at all!=20


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