Hezbollah Pronunciation

Seán Fitzpatrick grendel.jjf at VERIZON.NET
Wed Jul 26 09:43:54 UTC 2006

FWIW, I heard a Lebanese woman Arab —now at the Carnegie Institute for
Peace—in a long radio interview.  She pronounced “Hezbollah” at least three
ways, distinguished by which syllable was stressed.  I have also heard short
audio clips of Arabs using the word.  They seems to stress the middle
syllable.  Pronunciations supported “Hezb” over “Hizb”.


Seán Fitzpatrick
Baghdad Lutetia Matriceque delendi sunt
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-----Original Message-----
From: Laurence Horn [mailto:laurence.horn at YALE.EDU] 
Sent: Tuesday, 25 July, 2006 23:08
Subject: Fwd: Hezbollah Pronunciation


Can anyone who knows a bit more (i.e. any) Arabic help out?

(As usual, suggestions should go to Bill Lucey below as well as the list.)




>From: "Lucey, William" <WLucey at sun-sentinel.com>

>To: "'laurence.horn at yale.edu'" <laurence.horn at yale.edu>

>Subject: Hezbollah Pronunciation

>Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2006 21:54:48 -0500


>Prof Horn,

>I must of heard 5 different pronunciations for Hezbollah over the

>weekend: Hezboolah, Hezbilla, Hezbilaaah, etc etc.

>Do you have any insight as to the correct pronunciation of the

>Thank You



>Bill Lucey

>South Florida Sun-Sentinel


>WLucey at Sun-Sentinel.com



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