Pronunciation of scientific names

Thomas G. Lammers lammers at TFM.FMNH.ORG
Fri Jul 19 09:16:00 CDT 1996

The point about learning to read via phonics vs. by memorizing what words
look like is well taken.  I myself learned via the former, and can ALWAYS
figure out a pronunciation of most any English-oid word (not necessarily
the correct one, though!).  Starting in the 1960's, however, many US
schools began to teach reading via the "gestalt" method, with, I think,
unfortunate results.

Thomas G. Lammers
Field Museum
Chicago IL 60605-2496 USA       lammers at

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