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Re: DINOSAUR digest 805
In a message dated 96-01-11 02:44:53 EST, you write:
>With due respect to everybody in this list.
>Since there is so many doubts and opinions about pronounciation and meaning
>of" Giganotosaurus Carolinii" why don't we ask the people at the University
>of Neuquen (Arg.) to explain it.
>My humble opinion, you must pronounce a foreign word using the rules of the
>foreign language. It is interesting that english speaking people tend to
>pronounce everything in English.
But, you see _Giganotosaurus_ is not a Spanish word! It is Greek and Latin.
If it was Spanish you would say Hy-ga-No-to-Sau-rus; but you are supposed to
say Gy-go-no-to-sa-rus (the first G is pronounced like 'g'et) because that is
the way the root says. It is especially difficult to translate the 'G' sound
(like in 'g'et) into indo-european languages from other languages because
they persist in using an inane alphabet that pronounces 'g's like 'j's if
they are followed by an 'i' or 'e'! The same thing happens with 'C' making a
'K' sound followed by every later 'H', 'I', and 'E'! Don't get me started on
my "The english language needs to be re-organized so that words are spelled
the way they are said and don't have stupid letters like c, q, and x; but
some extras like ch, sh, zh, dh, th, and ng." But I digress......