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Re: pronunciation question
On 11/13/06, Nancy Hall <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
This will sound like an incredibly random question, but I recently came
across a posting in an online discussion which you wrote, "I'm willing
to bet you drop the first "r" in _Jaxartosaurus_".
Is 'Jaxatosaurus', without the r, the usual pronunciation? The reason I
ask is that I'm a linguist doing a study of words where people omit r's,
like 'the(r)mometer' and 'Feb(r)uary'. This would be an interesting example.
In that particular instance, I guessed that Mike Taylor wouldn't
pronounce that "r" because he is a Londoner, and the London variations
of English (as well as British "received pronunciation") are
nonrhotic. (I've never talked to him in person, though, so I could be
off base.) For the record, I'm American (from the D.C. area) and I do
pronounce that "r".
(Hmm ... thermometer ... thermometer ... well I'll be danged!)
T. Michael Keesey
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