Is there any rule concerning the pronunciations of the word “a”? (I’m not referring to using “an” before a vowel sound.)
I always pronounce it “uh,” but lately I’ve been hearing it occasionally as “ay.” I hear it a lot from CNN’s Betty Nguyen, but I can’t discern any consistency; she doesn’t do it before any particular letters; it seems to be random. At first I thought she was doing it for emphasis, but that doesn’t seem to be the case either. If it matters, Betty Nguyen is a Vietnamese-American from Texas.
Can anyone explain this?