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RE: Bistahieversor sealeyi, NM tyrannosaurid
kal KAY ne um
kal ka NEE um
kal SEH ne um
kal SAYN ee um
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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different language and a new way of looking at things, the human race
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> Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2010 11:32:13 +1100
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> 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? :-)
> Dann Pigdon
> GIS Specialist Australian Dinosaurs
> Melbourne, Australia http://home.alphalink.com.au/~dannj
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