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Re: Bistahieversor sealeyi, NM tyrannosaurid
Sorry the less academic question, but, in relation to this...
I found both "hindlimb", "hind-limb" and think I remember to have seen
"hind limb" also, in the paleontological literature. The same with
"post-temporaI" (fenestra) or "posttemporal". Is there some
orthographic preference regarding these compound words in English?
2010/1/31 Jaime Headden <email@example.com>:
> David Marjanovic wrote:
> <The exact same thing happens all the time in English, except that the
> spelling tries to deny it by putting spaces between the components. Look at
> the infamous three words _Rinderkennzeichnungs- und
> -- yes, that's the English Wikipedia). This monster, unusual even for
> German, translates straightforwardly, one component after the other, into
> English as "Cattle Marking and Beef Labeling Surveillance Duties Delegation
> Act" by insertion of six spaces and Gratuitous Uppercase (and removal of the
> four instances of connecting -s-); nothing has changed grammatically, it's
> still a branched compound noun.
> In fact, in my experience, such long words accumulate more easily in written
> English than in German, because written English makes the writer believe that
> they're still legible. :-)>
> Wait, are you you trying to argue that the word you found up there in
> Wikipedia is an English word in any form, even exempting the idea of a
> German-to-English loan word, but that it's an honest-to-God English word?
> Because I'd be suspecting you're smoking hashish just because you found a
> perfect example of what _I_ was talking about in regards to German in an
> English wikipedia (note, not an English dictionary!). Moreover, the article
> clearly indicates that, despite being written in English (as if English
> speakers can only write about things where only their lanmguage is spoken),
> it is an article about a German law in a German state in the German nation.
> What point, again, were you trying to make?
> Unlike German, English tends to transcribe its compounds in rather specific
> ways, when not following loan-words from other languages and therefore their
> rules for compounds (i.e., French or Italian); these compounds almost always
> take the form of a hyphen ( - ) or an apostraphe ( ' ) and generally only
> occur in words in which two nouns are combined for hyphens or articles bound
> to verbs, for apostrophes.
> Oh, and good stab on the lysdexia bit.
> Jaime A. Headden
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