Sunday, December 31, 2006

Oh or Oi? An observation in male and female differences

Hi, this is Shifra, just thought I'd blog a little, seeing as Nephtuli placed me on the list of contributors a while ago (appears sheepish).

I was wondering if anyone had any ideas about the following observation: girls in the yeshiva world (Bais Yaakov system) are taught to pronounce their "cholem" sounds, such as in the word "yom," as "yom," whereas the boys are taught to pronounce the sound as "oi," causing the word to sound like "yoim." In the same family, and same philosophically-minded schools, the same words are pronounced quite differently. Does anyone have a reason as to why this occurs?

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