[Humanist] 25.548 what's in a name?

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Mon Dec 12 10:53:15 CET 2011

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 25, No. 548.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Mon, 12 Dec 2011 09:52:09 +0000
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: -ology and -ics

We have perhaps completed our adolescent phase of worrying over what we 
call our academic field, but in case not, and for those to whom it 
matters, I pass on a reference to an entertaining discussion of the 
suffixes "-ology" and "ics" by Anatol Rapoport, "What is semantics?", 
American Scientist 40.1 (1952): 123-35, found in JSTOR. For those 
curious about the man, his Wikipedia entry is the place to go. 
Unfortunately for us now, as we construct our professional identity, he 
does not consider "-ies", but his article does point to the fact that 
our current name is a collective noun, plural in form, singular in meaning.

Professor Willard McCarty, Department of Digital Humanities, King's 
College London; Professor (fractional), University of Western Sydney; 
Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews (www.isr-journal.org); Editor, 
Humanist (www.digitalhumanities.org/humanist/); www.mccarty.org.uk/

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