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Re: Pronunciation Database
> Date: Tue, 05 Apr 2005 16:21:25 -0700
> From: "T. Michael Keesey" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> > I'd like to note, too, that scientific names are regulated only
> > with an eye to written communication, not spoken communication. So
> > there isn't such a thing as an 'official' pronunciation of names.
> Yeah, at SVP this becomes pretty apparent, when you hear different
> researchers pronounce the same technical words differently--not just
> taxonomic names, but things like "APP-o-morf-ee"
> vs. "APE-o-morf-ee".
Yup. I had a heck of a time at my first SVPCA: when I first heard
Darren talking about the family of dinosaurs close to _Diplodocus_ I
didn't at all understand what he was getting at, because he pronounced
"Diplodocidae" so different from what I'd been saying to myself: he
said "Dip-lo-duh-SIDE-ee", I'd been saying "Dip-lo-DOCK-uh-day", so
that's five differences in pronunciation in a single word! ("uh" for
"o", "s" for "ck", "i" for "uh", "ee" for "ay" and the positioning of
the stess.) I think we quickly forget for freaky this kind of thing
can be for newcomers.
/o ) \/ Mike Taylor <email@example.com> http://www.miketaylor.org.uk
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