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Lydia Leftcoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-11-04 10:54 PM
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132. As a language person, I want to know...
Edited on Tue May-11-04 10:54 PM by Lydia Leftcoast
what an expert in Arabic linguistics would make of this video.

(I do not have the stomach to watch it, and besides, I don't know anything about the Arabic language except that it's related to Hebrew and written right to left.)

But I'm just thinking that if someone showed a video that was supposedly of Japanese people yelling, I'd be able to tell if they were real Japanese from Japan, or Japanese-American "ringers" or some other type of Asian pretending to be Japanese, just from the way they spoke. I would also be able to give you a general idea of what part of Japan they came from...if they were really from Japan.

I wish someone who is either a native speaker of Arabic or a very proficient speaker with a lot of experience in the Middle East could listen to the sound track and tell us if 1) the executioners were native speakers of Arabic and if so, 2) what part of the Middle East they were from.
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