A team of Canadian researchers is hoping to change the way you pronounce “Hyoid” — a phonetic abbreviation for the hyoid apparatus of the dog.
The team created a digital pronunciation guide for the word and, with help from the public, will be posting the pronunciation guide on its website in English and German next week.
The pronunciation guide will help people make better decisions about what to say when referring to the word, said Sarah Brown, an associate professor in the Department of English at the University of British Columbia, in a release.
“For example, a person might say ‘I want to make a coffee,’ but if they’re saying ‘I will,’ the pronunciation is different.
So I think it’s important to use the same word for all the meanings.”
According to the study, “Hyoids” can be used in English, German, Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese.
In a 2014 paper, Brown and her colleagues suggested that “Hyroid” could be used as an alternative to “hy-do-loid,” a phoneme that could be pronounced “hy” in English.
The new pronunciation guide is meant to provide a more consistent pronunciation for “Hyroids.”
“The pronunciation of the word ‘Hyroid’ is very distinctive,” Brown said in the release.
“In this paper, we aim to create a phonological framework that can be applied to the pronunciation of this word.
It is our hope that this will help clarify the pronunciation in future.”
The new guide will be updated on its own website, and Brown hopes to see the new pronunciation on other sites and websites.
The pronunciation guide can be viewed at www.hockeyanalytics.com/hyoids, and the pronunciation can also be viewed on a Google Cardboard app.