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Re: No-Gender in the ICZN

At 1:09 PM 9/10/95, PESELYG@LYNX.APSU.EDU wrote:
>There are languages that do not have grammatical gender (Finnish and
>Estonian, for example), but since Latin or Latinized terminology is
>well-established, I agree that we should use it correctly.  The usual
>endings are -us (masc.), -a (fem.), -um (neuter), but there are
>exceptions (domus is feminine, and agricola is masculine).  Is it
>too late to stop "Confuciusornis"?
>Similarly, in Greek, the usual pattern is -os, -a, -on, but sometimes
>it's -os, -on (with -os serving both for masculine & feminine).  There
>are words which look masc. but are feminine (e.g. hodos, eremos), but
>kephalos is not one of them (kephalos = a species of mullet;
>kephale [last vowel an eta] = head).  The form Maiasaura does smack
>of political correctness--were there no male Maiasaurae?  Ironically
>the normal Greek word for lizard is saura (fem.)
>       Actually, there is no political correctness associated w/ the
>naming of Maiasaura.  Jack Horner chose the feminine to emphasize the
>translation of the name:  "the good-MOTHER lizard".  This is all to
>reflect the evidence of altricial parenting behavior in maiasaurs

Jason J. Head
V.P. graduate student
Dept. of Geological Sciences
Southern Methodist University
Dallas, Tx. 75275