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H. Samy Alim, John R. Rickford, and Arnetha F. Ball

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190625696

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190625696.001.0001

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Pharyngeal Beauty and Depharyngealized Geek

Pharyngeal Beauty and Depharyngealized Geek

Performing Ethnicity on Israeli Reality TV

(p.185) 10 Pharyngeal Beauty and Depharyngealized Geek

Roey Gafter

Oxford University Press

Among Israelis, Jewish ethnicity is usually understood as a dichotomy between Ashkenazi Jews (of European descent) and Mizrahi Jews (of Middle Eastern descent). The feature most stereotypically associated with Mizrahis is the production of the pharyngeal segments ([ʕ] and [ħ]), which all extant research suggests has been lost in the speech of most contemporary Israelis. In this chapter I examine Israeli metalinguistic discourse, and demonstrate that, despite the reported infrequency of pharyngealization, it is highly salient in the speech community. I argue that pharyngealization is enregistered as a Mizrahi feature, and that it is a stylistic resource with a rich set of indexical meanings that goes far beyond an ethnic marker. Using data from two Israeli reality TV shows, I show that participants on these shows, who do not consistently pharyngealize, do so when performing attributes associated with a stereotypical Mizrahi persona.

Keywords:   Jewish ethnicity, Ashkenazi Jews, Mizrahi Jews, pharyngeal segments, metalinguistic discourse, stylistic resources

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