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Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2005 16:35:45 +0200
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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, = which=20 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 = Greek=20 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= =20 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= ong),=20 [...] << 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= ables=20 that have l or n instead of a vowel, and e. g. most kinds of American= =20 English are chock full of syllables with r in the vowel place. What s= hould=20 be limited is consonant clusters. The fossil mammal *Ausktribosphenos= =20 nyktos* (from _Aus_tralia, from the K =3D Cretaceous, and it has trib= osphenic=20 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= 't=20 allow any consonant clusters at all!=20