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Re: -i? -orum? ACK!

From: Nick Pharris <npharris@umich.edu>
Reply-To: npharris@umich.edu
To: david.marjanovic@gmx.at
CC: DML <>
Subject: Re: -i? -orum? ACK!
Date: Tue, 03 May 2005 02:34:04 -0400

Quoting David Marjanovic <david.marjanovic@gmx.at>:

> > A name may also end in -ii, and there's no real problem
> > with this, since it's usually done through a process of latinization of
> > the
> > honored's name before adding the final -i, so that Linné (properly,
> > Linnaeus)
> > would be stemmed as linnaei-, then add -i for *linnaeii*.
> Outright wrong in this case. The stem of Linnaeus is Linnaeo-, therefore the
> genitive is Linnaei. This can become a specific epithet (in lower case, of
> course).

Right. "Linnaeus" already contains the "Latinizing" suffix -i- (it's the <e> in
the <ae> diphthong).

wouldn't it be best to simply put a Latin ending on his *original* name? (not on the name he coined for himself).

just a thought.