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RE: Cómo se dice ther[o]pod y synapsid e

  David Marjanovic,

  Earlier you stated that English has only a few ways to pronounce such a 
word.  The English language's very many dialects and accents permit a wide 
range of pronounciations for a variety of words, regardless of their origin or 
even syllabic composition (our former President was fond of using a 
three-syllable "nuclear" that is fairly common in the southern and central 

  While this may demonstrate a certain level of ignorance of the language they 
are speaking from one point of view, it demonstrates an inherent flexibility in 
the language that is also useful in incorporating foreign words into itself, 
and altering some of its own rules by so doing fairly easily (not so languages 
with enforced linguishing and pronounciation structure).  Note that no language 
evolves or produces dialects from enforced use of linguistic/pronounciation 


Jaime A. Headden
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> Date: Fri, 16 Apr 2010 16:59:35 +0200
> From: david.marjanovic@gmx.at
> To: dinosaur@usc.edu
> Subject: Re: Cómo se dice ther[o]pod y synapsid en español?
>> So . . . hmm . . .
>> Die-no-NIK-us, Die-no-NYE-kus Die-NON-ikus
>> So German disallows one (or two) of those?
> Basically it disallows the middle one, because the number of ways to
> pronounce Y is limited.
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