Proposal: Creating instructions for using nominative case for titles (RDA 6.2), names (RDA 8.5), and places (RDA 16.2)

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3 Responses to Proposal: Creating instructions for using nominative case for titles (RDA 6.2), names (RDA 8.5), and places (RDA 16.2)

  1. John Myers says:

    This seems a significant improvement, although I’m still not 100% certain that the guidance will absolutely avoid unintended consequences. Does the addition of “unless … is to be accessed under a different case” provide adequate guidance as to _when_ things are to be accessed under the nominative or different cases? I raise this only as a caution, not as a deal-breaker for moving forward. It has been a good while since I have regularly dealt with declined languages and was never an expert even then.

    • John Myers says:

      And as I hit post, a memory surfaced of indicating case at the _beginning_ of a word when I was taking Irish Gaelic 30 years ago. (And a quick look at “Irish Declension” in Wikipedia confirms the situation is even more complex with internal vowel changes occurring along with some case endings. The “front” modification appears to be limited to the vocative.) In light of this, may I suggest that rather than articulating the instructions with reference to “case endings”, should we use “case modifications”?

  2. Robert Rendall says:

    To cover languages that have non-final grammatical inflections, could we say “case endings or other inflected forms”? I would prefer to retain “case endings” as the most familiar term used in English to describe this sort of variation in the world’s most commonly cataloged languages.

    “To be accessed under a different case” provides as much guidance as the “Los Angeles” exception for omitting initial articles in 16.2.2.4 (“unless the name is to be accessed under the article”). As long as catalogers actually understand the language they are cataloging, I think we can rely on common sense here; and if they don’t, nothing we write into RDA instructions will help them.

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