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Re: And now for something completely different.

From:Vasiliy Chernov <bc_@...>
Date:Tuesday, September 18, 2001, 17:08
On Sat, 15 Sep 2001 01:51:22 -0400, Matt M. <matt_mcl@...> wrote:

>I was just thinking about two sentences: > >1) A pig is a kind of animal. >2) A species is a kind of animal.
To avoid the animal/non-animal issue, I'd rephrase this as follows: 1) A pig is a taxon. 2) A species is a taxon. Interestingly, each sentence seems to allow some transformations that won't go with the other: 1') 'Pig is a taxon'; 'Pigs are a taxon'; 'Pigs form a taxon'. 2') 'A species is a type of taxon'; 'Species are taxa'; 'A species is a type of taxa'; 'Species are a type of taxa'; 'A species is a category of taxa'. To make the case still more messy, I'd add: 3) A metataxon is a taxon. - which allows, e. g.: 3') 'Metataxa are categories of taxa'. (I'm not sure, though, if all the above is in good and comprehensible English ;-) - at any rate, some examples seem to lack quotation marks ). Long live biotaxonomy! Basilius