pronouncing names

Kristina Lemson k.lemson at ECU.EDU.AU
Tue Jun 25 11:18:29 CDT 2002

As an Antipodean who speaks 'Strine' (translated as Australian to those
who speak English) , I have to comment on the difference between
zoologists and botanists in pronunciation. Most Australian botanists I
know (note- a subsample of course) when presented with the word
"Pongidae" would not say 'pon-ji-dae' but 'pon-gi-dae'. Is this simply
because in our dialect 'pong' means 'to have a strong, unpleasant smell;
to reek' and we think the whole thing stinks?

Dr. Kristina Lemson
School of Natural Sciences
Edith Cowan University
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Joondalup, Western Australia 6027

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