Re: REF: Translingual registrations
In a message dated 1/15/2007 2:46:35 AM Eastern Standard Time,
<<These two names refer to the same person, Alienor d'Aquitaine for the
French, or Eleanor of Aquitaine for the English.
Yes, that fact had not escaped me. She was a queen of both France and
England, which does add piquancy. Of course, England and France were not then what
England and France are now, nor the languages, but, nevertheless, there it
is. The really interesting one was Henrietta Maria of France, wife of Charles I
of England. When it became necessary to take up arms, she shouldered hers,
and led an army. She called herself, "Her She-Majesty, Generalissima,"
speaking of wonderful names. Cracks me up.
<<The only problem is that it's totally mechanical and, and in the case of
Historical figures, i really wonder where is the limit in disambiguation .
The process is not totally mechanical.
As the last step, a human being of benign temperament, adequate
intelligence, and no personal agendas, decides whether the name under consideration is
likely to cause significant confusion in any one of several ways, or whether it
is not. In some small number of cases this decision is one with which other
persons of good will, adequate intelligence, and no personal agendas, may
disagree. So be it.
Of course, with each registration which enters the arena the terrain
changes, and the question of what disambiguation requires, becomes more complex.
The only way to eliminate the registrar's sole subjective call, other than
to form a committee to come up with some joint subjective call, which idea I
dismiss as no improvement on the current system, is to promulgate ever more
rules, to the point where the process becomes as truly mechanical as possible,
at which point another set of problems will no doubt be seen peeking eagerly
over the horizon.
Do you want more rules?
Richmond VA USA
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