14 February 2007

ظيترايض



How do you pronounce Detroit? For that matter, how do you pronoune the or people?

I think the variant ways people speak are all beautiful, especially accents that derive from different ethno-geographic and socio-economic backgrounds. When I was a kid, I noticed that Palestinians pronounced the word people: bee'-bohl. That is fading away fast, and it's a shame.

A man in my family, (you might say he's the patriarch of the family,) has been in the U.S. for almost 40 years, but he still pronounces Detroit: ظيترايض or ee'-ṭaray. His pronounciation of it has such a classical Arabic literary character, whether he knows it or not.

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13 comments:

Golaniya said...

just want to show some support, nice blog.

salam

Anonymous said...

Interesting. I hope that you elaborate more on your claim that his pronounciation has "a classical Arabic literary character."

El-Saghir

I love Munich said...

A good friend of mine from Jebaliah refugee camp does pronounce "people" as "bee'-bohl" - I always like to listen to him! Maintaining individuality and ethnical belonging expressed by language is most important ... that's what makes diversity - which is SOOOO BEAUTIFUL!!

BEST regards ... :-)

transient said...

its fascinating, I've always been a fan of linguistics.
Contrary to what you may have observed the dialects are alive and well, there is a shift and evolution to each group's "accent" there is nothing fading. With Arab immigrants, I still notice some pronunciations that are carried over form Arabic as with the vowel sound implanted in an English word with three consecutive consonants.

Dareen said...

Accents are what makes a person/group so unique :) not to mention, it can be quite entertaining!!! :D

Khawwta said...

Sometimes we judge people from their accent.. For me I like my accent a lot it's a part of my identity. It shows that I’m Lebanese
When talking in English and or French, I pronounce words as it is in her original language exp: People and not beeebol.. bass I enjoy hearing different Arabic accents

transient said...

Have you noticed, that when writing transliteration, you accent shows up? Not word usage, but actual accented writing.

AM said...

Lol if you miss it, come here and ask an Egyptian waiter for a BEBSI :P

Abbeees said...

A Dr. Daniel Davis at the University of Michigan Dearborn is studying Arab American Dearborn English. He is a linguist. More importantly though, he is a sociolinguist. In fact, I think this semester the school offered the first class on Dearborn Arab English under his direction.

Jamal said...

unrelated but thought it might be of interest to you

http://hotzone.yahoo.com/b/hotzone/blogs23989

transient said...

waynak ya khayi?

Leafless Eve said...

nice post :)
i like the photo too

wsoftheart said...

hey i just came across your blog via mike at omnicrisis..

in chinese, my mother pronounces Detroit -- "Dee-tuh-lee". With the heavy emphasis on "tuh". that's as close, phoenetically as mandarin will get to pronouncing Detroit!