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
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!