Osama bin L-X-den
|Author:||Mark L. Louden|
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You may have noticed a number of people pronouncing Osama's patronymic
as "bin L[au]den" rather than "bin L[a:]den" (something that has caused
me to constantly do double-takes when listening to the radio recently).
My hunch is that this substitution has something to do with the
markedness of [a:] in American English. Anyone want to hazard a guess
what's going on here? Has anyone observed parallel phenomena? I will
summarize all responses.