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1 Interesting Times  Sun, Dec 25, 2011 6:15:53pm

Very cool. Glad he's getting this recognition. I had no idea he was in my neck of the woods! (okay, I don't live anywhere near Algonquin park, but technically it's in the same province ;) )

On a language trivia note, I always thought "Coyote" was pronounced "cay-o-tee" - has the colloquial term (i.e. dropping the third syllable) become the official one now?

2 Obdicut  Sun, Dec 25, 2011 6:25:47pm

re: #1 publicityStunted

Both pronunciations are fine, it's just regional dialect.

3 b_sharp  Sun, Dec 25, 2011 6:37:23pm

re: #1 publicityStunted

Very cool. Glad he's getting this recognition. I had no idea he was in my neck of the woods! (okay, I don't live anywhere near Algonquin park, but technically it's in the same province ;) )

On a language trivia note, I always thought "Coyote" was pronounced "cay-o-tee" - has the colloquial term (i.e. dropping the third syllable) become the official one now?

Coyote is an aboriginal word. The Cree elders pronounce it 'coy o tay' with the accent on the final syllable.

4 Obdicut  Sun, Dec 25, 2011 6:44:25pm

re: #3 b_sharp

Coyote is an aboriginal word. The Cree elders pronounce it 'coy o tay' with the accent on the final syllable.

We actually borrowed it from Spanish after they borrowed it from the Native Americans living in central America, so it'd be a loan word for the Cree, too, either from transmission through various Amerind language groups or just taken directly from English/Spanish.

5 Interesting Times  Sun, Dec 25, 2011 6:53:53pm

re: #4 Obdicut

Yes, that's what I learned here:

The animal's name is ultimately derived from Nahuatl, the language spoken by the Aztecs, for whom the crafty canine was a "coyotl." Reviving this version of the word might solve all our problems. The fact that it no longer exists can be blamed on the Spanish speakers of Mexico, who were unable to pronounce the string "tl" at the end of a word and thus transformed it into the three-syllable "coyote," which is what the English speakers in the South-Western United States borrowed from them in the early 1800s.

It is unclear how the two-syllable variant arose from this
, but it is analogous to what happened to the word "chocolate" as it passed into English from the Nahuatl "chocolatl" via Spanish "chocolate." The fact is that for "coyote" all American dictionaries give both pronunciations, some of them with the "KY-oat" version first.

Guess I've been raised on the pronunciation popularized by "Wile E. Coyote" (who apparently has much better luck with the Wolf-ladies than he does outwitting the Roadrunner).

6 wrenchwench  Mon, Dec 26, 2011 2:21:29pm

The attempt to reintroduce the Mexican Gray Wolf to the American Southwest has run into a similar problem. Hybridization, but not with coyotes, even though they are quite numerous here. The local ranch dogs must be very attractive to the wolf ladies.


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