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Re: Dinosaur Genera List corrections #176
In a message dated Sat, 3 Nov 2001 9:04:32 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> In a message dated 11/3/01 4:28:44 PM EST, email@example.com writes:
> << It isn't good to just put two nouns next to one another. Maybe nomen
> dissertationis (name of...)? Nomen dissertatum (I have yet to dig out my
> Latin dictionary to find whether this wouldn't have some totally different
> meaning, respectively what dissertare means in the first place)? Nomen
> defensum (when the dissertation has been successfully defended)? I don't
> feel good at any of these (the latter might be confused with n.
> conservatum). >>
> You're beginning to get a feel for the problem I have with the term nomen
> dissertatio. But in English a noun can modify another noun, as in the term
> "dissertation name," so why not in Latin...?
Not sure exactly why, but I understand this type of nominal compounding is
generally not possible in languages in which the adjective follows the noun.
I guess _nomen dissertatum_ is OK, but _nomen ex (or _in_) dissertatione_ or
_nomen dissertationis_ would be more precise, indicating as they do that the
name is not merely one that has been discussed, but one that is found in an