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Specificities and origins of the Slovak nomenclature of inorganic chemistry

Michal Galamboš, Lukáš Krivosudský, and Jana Levická

Faculty of Natural Sciences, Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Comenius University in Bratislava, Bratislava, Slovak Republic



Abstract: Nowadays the discussion on the symbiosis of the international and national nomenclature systems in different areas of science provides clear evidences that full implementation of conventional international (mainly English) nomenclature principles in the local ones is sometimes not only unnecessary, but even redundant or impossible. Rapid development of natural sciences necessitates creation of accurate, comprehensive and comprehensible nomenclature systems for objects and phenomena under research. This study outlines the origins and development of the Slovak chemical nomenclature which is based on the Czech model. We analyze the unique Slovak nomenclature items as well as the re-evaluation of linguistic means in the field of inorganic chemistry in the international context. A part of this work is devoted to the syntactical structure of the names of inorganic compounds. At the same time we draw a parallel between chemical nomenclature and the phenomenon of controlled language.

Keywords: Nomenclature; Terminology; Inorganic chemistry; Controlled language; Terminology management

Full paper is available at

DOI: 10.1007/s11696-017-0133-8


Chemical Papers 71 (3) 699–705 (2017)

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