Friday, January 6, 2012

How to pronounce Arab in English

  • 2 syllable word, where the stress usually falls on the first syl; hence, 'ar-ab > ' ær-əb (reduction of the 2nd syl> 'ɛɚəb (thanks to the historic r neutralization)
  • In Singapore, there is a street called "Arab Street", which is pronounced as A-rab, where the syllabification is different:  ˈeɪ-ræb. Merriam-Webster lists this pronunciation as dialectal.

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