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RE: Bistahieversor sealeyi, NM tyrannosaurid

I've heard:

kal KAY ne um
kal ka NEE um
kal SEH ne um
kal SAYN ee um

and relatedly,

TAY lus

rarely have I heard anyone attempt the "correct" Greek or Latin 
pronounciations, and I've asked some people and it's largely a model of how 
that person learned in his anatomy classes. These pronounciations, like almost 
all ideas, are taught from those who espouse them. This is, at least, what I 
learned much later on; it is no longer disphoric to hear pronounciation 
differences, so rather if I hear something I'm not familiar with, I put it into 
context. Inserting this in communication, I've gotten some admission on the 
variance of speech in a single language (from Englishmen and Americans, various 
Germans approximating the languages, and a few French nationals and some French 
Canadians, Argentinians, Spanish [continental], and a few Brasiliens [differing 
a bit from Portuguese]). Moreover, I've gotten them to pronounce it my way, and 
I've pronounced it their way. Human behavior is nothing if not fascinating.


Jaime A. Headden

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> Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2010 11:32:13 +1100
> From: dannj@alphalink.com.au
> To: dinosaur@usc.edu
> Subject: RE: Bistahieversor sealeyi, NM tyrannosaurid
> On Sun, Jan 31st, 2010 at 3:23 AM, Jaime Headden  wrote:
>>   I would also like to share the feeling of disphoria Mike Taylor
>> felt when I first heard someone else pronounce "calcaneum" at SVP
>> 1999. Not at all what I expected.
> Is there a concensus on how it's pronounced? I'm torn between 'Kal-Kaneum' 
> and 'Kalsa-Neum' (as
> in 'calcium'). Excuse the pseudophonetics.
> I've never been sure exactly which syllable to emphasise in 'astragalus' 
> either. Is it 'Astra-Galus'
> or 'Astrag-Alus'?
> Should I just avoid mentioning the lower hind limbs entirely? :-)
> --
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