A Primer of Botanical Latin with Vocabulary

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 21, 2013 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 292 pages
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Latin is one of two acceptable languages for describing new plants, and taxonomists must be able to translate earlier texts in Latin. Providing a simple explanation of Latin grammar along with an in-depth vocabulary, this is an indispensable guide for systematic botanists worldwide. All relevant parts of speech are discussed, with accompanying examples as well as worked exercises for translating diagnoses and descriptions to and from Latin. Guidelines for forming specific epithets are also included. The authors cross-reference their grammar to Stearn's Botanical Latin and to articles in the International Code of Nomenclature for Algae, Fungi and Plants. The comprehensive vocabulary is enhanced with terms from recent glossaries for non-flowering plants - lichens, mosses, algae, fungi and ferns - making this an ideal resource for anyone looking to hone their understanding of Latin grammar and to translate botanical texts from the past 300 years.
 

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Contents

The noun Stearn pp 5788
3
The adjective and the participle Stearn pp 89102
21
The adverb Stearn pp 103106
35
The preposition Stearn pp 125127
37
The conjunction Stearn pp 128129
39
The pronoun Stearn pp 118124
40
The verb Stearn pp 130139
47
Numerals measurements Stearn pp 107117
50
Miscellany
59
Answers to the Exercises
75
Translating into Latin
89
Translating from Latin into English
101
Vocabulary
111
References
288
Index
291
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Prefixes and suffixes
57

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About the author (2013)

Emma Short worked for five years at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK, on the Index Kewensis database, before co-editing the Authors of Plant Names database with R. K. Brummitt. She has regularly checked Latin for Australian Systematic Botany and has recently taught courses in Botanical Latin.

Alex George is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology, Murdoch University, Perth. He was a botanist with the Western Australian Herbarium for 21 years, then Editor of the Flora of Australia for 12 years. He studied Latin to Tertiary level and has used it in describing some 400 new taxa, translating for others and editing.

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