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Re: Cómo se dice ther[o]pod y synapsid en español?

Oh, no, LOL. I've been going around this trying to learn how to understand Spanish speaking people in Austin. The great mystery was that Spanish dialects should SPELL the words differently. I've not run into this before. Spanish is like English (only worse); pronounced all sorts of ways but the spelling became standardized in late medieval times. One version of the Spanish spelling of therapod that I was given was actually French. I know French fairly well but, like the person who told me about it, I never recognized the words in the article as French.

French and Spanish are both dialects of ancient Latin. Many of the words are different, and of course word endings are different, but it is within the realm of possibility for someone who knows both languages - or knows the other one fairly well - to make that mistake. I was reading the article for comprehension and it never occurred to me to notice if it was the right language.

There are several major splits of pronunciation in spoken Spanish. Castillian Spanish, other varieties of Spanish, and Spanish as spoken in southwestern South America, for example, all of which are completely different to the Spanish of Mexico and the Southwestern U.S. The most important differences are in the pronunciation of the weak consonants - y, h, x, l (esp ll), j. Ch and j sounds that don't otherwise exist in Spanish, pop up alot in South America, and th sounds pop up alot in Castillian Spanish. There is also a marked tendency of Castillian Spanish to morph every vowel sound into English ee.

Mexican and southwestern U.S. Spanish are completely different; basically more conservative, but sounds have evolved in more natural sounding ways. Unstressed vowel sounds and final vowels have tended toward being pronounced as schwa, on their way to becoming silent as they did in English. ll is pronounced y, but that's the only major change that has taken place.

Dora Smith
Austin, TX

----- Original Message ----- From: "David Marjanovic" <david.marjanovic@gmx.at>
To: "DML" <dinosaur@usc.edu>
Sent: Friday, April 16, 2010 9:59 AM
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.