Thursday, August 20, 2015

Kebabbe

Kebabbe, Via Roma, Livorno
The addition of an epenthetic vowel at the end of foreign words is typical of Italians and it is often emphasized in stereotypes of the Italian accent in English. In Livorno it is easy to hear loanwords pronounced like these: sport-e, film-e, and even stop-pe or SUV-ve. This also works with other languages and the owner of this place went for the local pronunciation with “Kebabbe”.

External links: Epenthesis - Loanword (Wikipedia)

17 comments:

William Kendall said...

That's new to me!

Revrunner said...

We see this spelled various ways here, too, although not with a final "e". :-)

Jack said...

VP, your explanation was most interesting, though I don't believe I will be able to remember "epenthetic" or :loanword" tomorrow.

Jack-e

Karl Demetz said...

Kebabbe... cool... the first time I hear this.

Sharon Anck said...

You have me laughing this morning! Thanks...

RedPat said...

That's fun, VP!

EG CameraGirl said...

I didn't know there was a word to explain the added vowel sound at the end of words. Epenthetic is a new word for me.

Marleen said...

I have an interest in languages, it's nice to read this. Thanks!

Halcyon said...

Strange, but I guess it's ok to make fun of your own accent.

FotoMarg said...

Interesting

Gunn said...

That sounds a bit strange and funny. So if I as a tourist should give it a try with the few Italian words I can...people will perhaps understand if the ending is not right.... Than there is hope :)
In Norway some people will say that we have too many English words. We also have soooo many dialects, but I like it, even though it can be a bit confusing for people who try to understand and learn our language.

Dina said...

That's really interesting, that language phenomenon. Thanks for the new word.

Arianna said...

In effetti è proprio così ahahaha! Ciao, Arianna

Stefan Jansson said...

Makes for the Italian touch I guess!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Whatever works VP :)

cieldequimper said...

Don't get me started on what they do here... Are kebabs also the rage?

VP said...

Jack-e - You got it perfectly right!
ciel - Not so much, we are in Tuscany after all...