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Re: Questions



In a message dated 96-07-02 12:50:39 EDT, Dinogeorge@AOL.COM writes:

> "Thescelosaurus warreni, [This one's really about _Parksosaurus_,
> only Parks didn't know that. Also, the species epithet should have
> been spelled _warrenae_, because it honors a lady.]

Well, actually, the genitive form of a Latin noun has much more to do with
its declension (first through fifth, with subcategories) than the gender of
the thing or person it refers to.

In general, Latin nouns that end in -en have genitives in -inis:

nomen -> nominis
flumen (river) -> fluminis (of a/the river).

Hence, the genitive of the name "Warren" could be "warrinis."

If one really wanted to get picky, the -i genitive is only for words that end
in -us (and not all of those), -um, or occasionally -er.  The -ae genitive is
for words that end in -a.  What the Romans usually actually did when
declining names that did not end in -us, -um, -er, or -a was to add -is in
forming the genitive:

Caesar -> Caesaris (of Caesar/Caesar's).

Hence, "warrenis," "sternbergis," "molnaris," etc., are probably closer to
the way Latin speakers would have handled them than are "warreni,"
"sternbergi," "molnari," and so on.

Mr. Curtis's Latin class (Classa Magistri Curtis linguae Latinae) rears its
ugly head.

Bye, now!

Nick Pharris
Olympia, WA