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Re: Pterodactylus kochi
Quoting Mike Taylor <email@example.com>:
Speaking of which, for someone who talks about _Brachiosaurus brancai_
a lot, I sure such as pronouncing it. I've been saying either
"brank-eye" or "brank-ee-eye", but given that the name honours Branca,
I assume that something more like "branka-eye" would be correct? Can
anyone help me out?
I would say either "branka-eye" or "branka-ee" would be appropriate.
I've kind of given up on getting people to standardize pronunciations
of terms like this. They are, first and foremost, written words; the
process of transduction from written to spoken, particularly in
English, is tortuous and idiosyncratic, though rather fascinating in
its own right.
(And a plea to all of you who publish new names: PLEASE include a
suggested pronunciation in the systematic palaeontology. Thanks to
Jerry for doing this with _Suuwassea_ -- one of the few dinosaur
names that there is no excuse for mispronouncing!)
And a second plea: if you do this, please do it in IPA, and not
English pseudo-phonetic spelling!
Department of Linguistics
University of Michigan
"Creativity is the sudden cessation of stupidity."
--Edwin H. Land