Obama and indefinite articles

Randy Alexander strangeguitars at GMAIL.COM
Fri Nov 7 23:11:42 UTC 2008

On Sat, Nov 8, 2008 at 4:04 AM, Bradley A. Esparza <baesparza at gmail.com>wrote:

> Watching President-elect Obama speak I just heard him say
> "....*a*international....", not 'an'. <ay>
> Bradley A. Esparza

That's a pretty common disfluency, akin to saying /Ti/ in front of a word
that starts with a consonant.  Both of these are found in the speech of
respectable Standard English speakers.  I wouldn't be worried unless he is
consistent about it.

Randy Alexander
Jilin City, China
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