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Re: REF: Pronounce Species Correctly

ChatOWhitehall@aol.com wrote:
I have a suggestion, which is also a favor to request. 

I think it would be enormously interesting, and useful, if those who have 
studied Latin, or botanical Latin, intensively. . . . would post here the correct 
pronunciation of some Iris species. 

 croatica; kashmiriana; kochii; reichenbachii; schachtii; timofejewii;  

bloudowii; mandschurica; potaninii; barnumae; bismarkiana; gatesii; 

Anner and others,

It should be noted that many of these names are not Latin at all, but names in various other languages with Latin grammatical endings attached. Is there a convention that the non-Latin portions of these names should be pronounced as they normally are in the language from which they are derived? Or should English speakers pronounce them as they would English words of similar spelling.

Setting aside the issue of how to pronounce the terminaI "-ii", is kochii to be pronounced "kotch" like the former mayor of New York, or something closer to the original German. Is timofejewii to be pronounced more like tee-mo-fay-yayv or tim-mo-fuh-jew ?

This doesn't appear to be as simple as it seems.




Jeff Walters
in northern Utah
(USDA Zone 4)
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