Im very grateful for the local names section of the taxonomy page.
Here is an example of its use.
This beetle is common and a tasty snack so as a food it has a load of names in Setswana and perhaps some other languages in Botswana.
I think each name should have a comments section where notes can be written such as-which part of the country is the name used. Which dialect ? Is the name still in common use or is it only used by a few elderly people. Are there different names for males and females ? Is the name only used by children.
There could be a space for feedback about each local name, for discussion about correct spelling, debate about whether the name has been correctly applied to that species, whether the name is plural or singular or for a large group.
I hope iNat becomes more widely used by lexicographers.
Im trying to persuade a Museum and Professor of Setswana lexicography to make use of iNat as a name recording tool. Are there any plans to increase the capability of the Names section so that names can be discussed and peer reviewed. There is great potential here !
Is it possible for a feature to be added to print out dictionaries for animals and plants in a specific language, perhaps with pictures as well.
It would be great to have a picture Setswana to English dictionary of living things either online or in printable form.
I realise all this is a lot of work but what are plans for the future of the names section ?
Tony Benn (aka Botswanabugs)