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Re: Conventional scientific writing (was Linnaeus --> von Linne [was RE: Albisaurus])
Reading the discussion about how to transliterate languages showed me the
virtue of using a single language for publication. At one time that was
Latin; nowadays I expect English could assume that role, and may well be
Forgive a moment for a story: my high school Latin teacher was Rick
O'Flynn, a man born in Ireland who as a boy looked out his window into the
burning Dublin Post Office at Easter. He went to Heidelberg among other
Universities and had a philosophy class whose Professor found himself
dealing with students with 6 different native languages. But everyone in
the room knew Latin, so the course was taught in that language.
The point, aside from remembering an admirable man, is that using a common
language is not a sacrifice of a culture, but a means to assure that what is
said is understood as intended.