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Re: Penelopognathus

Quoting Tommy Bradley <htomsirveaux@hotmail.com>:

Okay everybody,
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 treat <g>
as silent when it comes before <n> *at the very beginning of a word*.

Nick Pharris
Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Linguistics
University of Michigan