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A Response to Wheeler and Pearson's Critical Review of the Iawa Standard List of Characters

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In this paper I respond to Wheeler and Pearson's (1985) critical review of the IAWA standard list of characters. I propose that only a few minor changes in the standard list be considered. Essentially the list should remain the same until the changes can be discussed and the membership generally accepts them. I agree with many of Wheeler and Pearson's suggestions to improve the identification programs, but I disagree with programming changes that eliminate or alter the characters or character states in the standard list. Revamping the standard list and updating the identification programs are two completely separate issues. The standard list must not be compromised for the sake of programming improvements.


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