Publishing convention re bird-names

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Subject: Publishing convention re bird-names
From: "Robert Inglis" <>
Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2012 14:12:48 +1000
I have just now (1:30 pm, 11 April 2012) received a copy of the new book “Mr J 
W Lewin, Painter & Naturalist” by Richard Neville. The book was published in 
2012 by NewSouth Publishing, University of New South Wales Press Ltd.

Considering the current discussion on capitalising common names of birds (and 
my personal preference for that to be so) I was immensely relieved to find that 
the common names of the birds referred to in the book have been capitalised. 
That has been done not only in the quotes from Lewin’s own descriptions but 
also in the words of the author. 
So, it looks like there are publishers who can be influenced to do the “right” 

Incidentally, it is not only “style guides” produced by representatives of the 
publishing world which maintain that common names of fauna and flora should not 
be capitalised but even the odd eminent linguistics professor is of that 
opinion, unfortunately.
Pam Peters, in her “The Cambridge Australian English STYLE GUIDE” (my constant 
companion whenever I am writing seriously) advocates not capitalising common 
names of fauna and flora. It would seem that even language professors get it 
wrong now and then.

The book?

Even though this is a ‘paperback’ (220 wide by 260 high), the artwork from a 
number of artists as well as J W Lewin is wonderful; I can see I will have a 
very enjoyable time with this book. The story might even be interesting as well.

Bob Inglis
Sandstone Point

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