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RE: Nqwebasaurus, an African ornithomimosaur

> Date: Fri, 15 Jun 2012 13:29:22 -0700
> From: keesey@gmail.com
> To: dinosaur@usc.edu
> Subject: Re: Nqwebasaurus, an African ornithomimosaur
> On Fri, Jun 15, 2012 at 12:55 PM, <tyazbeck@comcast.net> wrote:
> > I have no trouble making the trilled 'r' sound; the 'r' sound used by 
> > English speakers is not widespread (as you said), at least amongst European 
> > languages which make the trilled sound (it involves the tip of your 
> > tongue). I suggest you learn how if you want to be fluent in all these 
> > languages you mention!
> I'd love to, but I honestly just cannot make my tongue do it. It's
> like a speech impediment that fortunately doesn't show in my native
> language.


I can say "nw" and "qw" and "nr"...but not "rw".  (not without a vowel, anyway)



> > It's hard to integrate them into words, for sure. You might also want to 
> > include Etruscan (extinct) or Nahuatl, the Aztec language (still widely 
> > spoken by the remaining Indians in Mexico) as languages with few sounds
> *checks phonology charts* Those are not terrible candidates, either!


I think there are archosaurs with Nahuatl names.  not as many as have Greek 
names, true.



> Although of course I wasn't seriously suggesting that. If we truly
> limited ourselves to the overlap of all languages (or even all major
> languages), I'm not sure we'd have a whole lot left to work with.


It does suggest an interesting solution...though I suspect our friend Mr. Beck 
wouldn't be any more in favor of it, than he is of Xhosan(sp) words in dinosaur 
names......from now on, maybe using creoles as a source for dinosaur names.