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PRAEGER CENTRE, national botanic gardens,  7 march 2015

LEADERS: DeCLAN DOOGUE, P J Walls, ANITA CanNon

An Introduction to Botanical Latin

P J Walls and Anita Cannon

The best internet sites I found include:

http://www.planta.cn/forum/files_planta/the_names_of_plants_114.pdf
A complete book online. The chapter on 'The Rules of Botanical Latin' starting on page 14 is particularly helpful.

http://www.covingtoninnovations.com/mc/latinpro.pdf
Nice introduction to the different types of Latin.

http://www.scientificlatin.org/botnamemean.html
Basic introduction to Botanical Latin.

http://capewest.ca/pron.html
Good for practice in pronouncing through easy English phonetic spelling. Just look at the examples and practice how to pronounce and where to lay the stress.

http://www.winternet.com/~chuckg/dictionary.html
Botanical Dictionary.

http://herbarium.usu.edu/teaching/4420/botnom.htm
Nomenclature, Names and  Taxonomy but watch out for erratic Latin pronounciation guides.

http://web.archive.org/web/20100701195209/http://www.eet.unsw.edu.au/~timm/GreekLatin.html
Basic Greek and Latin word roots found in science in general.

https://www.englishclub.com/pronunciation/phonemic-chart-ia.htm
Lastly, an interesting interactive phonetic language chart.


BOOKS
A natural hstory of Latin by Tore Janson
The best introductory book to the history of the latin language.
 
Ad infinitum: A biography of Latin by Nicholas Ostler
A little more sophisticated for those with more knowledge, but a great history of the Europe for those with a little background knowledge.
 
The unfolding of language by Guy Deutscher 
An interesting bestseller general history on the evolution of languages  but I would skip the extensive passages where he deals with hebrew and the semitic languages.

The English language: A historical introduction by Charles Barber
Specifically on the English language but I would skip the paragraphs that deal strictly with phonetics.

A history of language by Steven Roger Fischer
A good introduction to linguistics in general, without technical passages, but I would skip the first chapter on language in animals.

Botanical Latin: history, grammar, syntax, terminology and vocabulary by William T. Stearn
Was, and still is, the bible and last word.

P. J. Walls

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