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Re: Afrovenator pronunciation
In a message dated 11/16/99 2:20:59 PM Pacific Standard Time,
> I like *NeezhayrSAWRus* just fine. However,
> *Jobaria* is different, because it has not Latin root.
No, but adding the ending -ia to it makes it a Latinate word, subject to
Latin accent rules. The -i- in -ia is always short, because it immediately
precedes another vowel. So the accent of any name ending in -ia will be on
the third-to-last (antepenultimate) syllable.
> Wilson and Sereno both say "JOH-bar," while the
> narrator says "joh-BAHR-ee-ah": so would
> "JOH-bahr-ee-ah" be close
This accent pattern is impossible in Latin (either the third-to-last or the
second-to-last syllable *must* carry an accent). Sereno himself says