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Quoting Tommy Bradley <email@example.com>:
Lets see if I get this right!
*Penelopognathus* (pen-el-uh-pog-NAY-thus)? "Penelops (wild duck) jaw."
This brings up a question: If the g in Gnatho- (prefix) is silent,
then why pronounce it in the suffix (-gnathus)?
Ah, but you're looking at it the wrong way around: the question is,
why is the
<g> in Gnathostomata *not* pronounced? The answer: English speakers
as silent when it comes before <n> *at the very beginning of a word*.
Department of Linguistics
University of Michigan