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Thread: Layla or Leila
May 5th, 2013 05:16 AM #6Senior Member
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May 5th, 2013 07:12 AM #8
May 5th, 2013 07:54 AM #10Junior Member
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May 5th, 2013 08:03 AM #12
Laila/Layla/Leila is a funny one x_x It seems to have two separate roots, one Arabic and one Nordic. There's also the Hawaiian Leilani (lay-lah-nee) but I'm leaving that one for now.
This is what I've found so far on Forvo when I checked spelling against pronunciation:
Swedish/Norwegian/Finnish LAILA: 'lie-la'
Swedish/Norwegian/Finnish LEILA: 'lay-la'
German LEILA: 'lee-la'
Hebrew LAILA: 'lie-la'
Azerbaijani LAYLA: 'lie-la'
I then went hunting down a classical Arabic pronunciation and found a (beautiful) reading of a Qu'ran passage in which the speaker says the word 'night'. There it's been transcribed as 'laylati/u'. Click on LAYLA below to hear it for yourselves:
Classical Arabic LAYLA: 'lay-la'
In conclusion it seems that (not counting changes in dialect as there are some modern Arabic based languages who use 'lie-la') that:
Classical Arabic pronunciation = 'lay-la' (with Layla or Laila as the spellings)
Nordic pronunciation = 'lie-la' (as Laila) and 'lay-la' (as Leila).
Neither root uses the 'lee-la' pronunciation.
The Germans seem to be the only anomaly, pronouncing Leila as 'lee-la' which I find very odd (since nein is 'n-eye-n' and Liesl is 'lee-zl') Of course, that gentleman could be an anomaly himself as his was the only German entry.
My personal preference is the Arabic pronunciation with Laila as the spelling.
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