[Lingtyp] "clitics": recent historical origins

Jess Tauber tetrahedralpt at gmail.com
Wed Dec 8 15:46:07 UTC 2021

I dunno- the rise of a standard chemical terminology by the International
Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) streamlined communication
within that field, which prior to this was plagued by large numbers of
terms by different workers for the same phenomena. Similar, I think, to the
unifying effect of the adoption of the Metric System after the French

Jess Tauber


On Wed, Dec 8, 2021 at 10:30 AM Anna Alexandrova <
anna.alexandrova at uniroma1.it> wrote:

> I feel like we tend to overstate the role of the one-to-one correspondence
> in the terminology used by sciences. Just a random example: in mathematics,
> the falling factorial is also called lower factorial, descending factorial,
> and falling sequential product. Some mathematicians don't even know that it
> is called this way. It is not really important. I'm not sure that it is the
> totally unified terminology that makes a research domain more scientific.
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