Regional differences in Arabic pronunciation of international vocabulary
Thread poster: eoneo

eoneo
Local time: 09:32
Oct 1, 2009

Depending on their history, all Arabic varieties borrow loanwords from different sources, that is, Maghrebi Arabic from French, Spanish, Italian in descending order, and Gulf Arabic from English.
A book says that Arabic equivalents of hydrogen, microphone and vitamin have all diphthongs [ai] rather than long vowels [i:] because they are borrowed from (American) English.
But given that Arabic alphabet 'yod' can be pronounced as either [i:] or [ai], I guess the words are differently pronounced in various Arabic varieties, for example, they are expected to be [i:] in Maghrebi Arabic including Libyan, and [ai] in Gulf and Iraqi Arabic.
But I'm not sure whether they are pronounced [ai] or [i:] in Egyptian Arabic and Lebanese Arabic, because even though they use considerable French loanwords, those varieties seem to use more and more English loanwords.
Where can I find more information about this confusing situation?

Thanks in advance for your help.


 


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