Guidance on how to pronounce author names, for authors whose last name begins with "a"!

Author Pronunciations

51 last names beginning with "a"

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AB-ag-nail
uh-TEE-uh uh-BOW-ee
Aboul-Ela
AH-boo JAH-ber
issel-deen abu-laysh
ah-come-POUR-uh
ANN-dray AH-see-mahn
Gil is short for Gillian, thus pronounced Jill
TOE-me ah-dee-YEH-me
Chim-muh-MAHN-duh en-GOH-zee ah-DEECH-ee-(ay) The “ay” is soft, not quite a diphthong.
arh-vindh adi-ja
First name pronounced kice (rhymes with rice)
i-yahd AHK-tar (first syllable rhymes with my)
u-em ak-pan
The pen name of Grigory Chkhartishvili, pronounced CHAHAR-kesh-veely
Rah-be Ahlah-m'dean
danYELL all-ar-CONE (the "r" is not rolled as in Spanish only double-r's are rolled)
al-bum (as in record album)
All-bright
AL-da. Most pronounce the first syllable to rhyme with ball, but considering Alda's father created the name from the first two letters of his first and last name (Alphonso D'Abruzzo), arguably the first syllable should be as in the Al in Alphonso.
sher-mn a-lexie
JOKE-uh al-har-TEE
juh-NET ah-lee-OO
Ees-abel Ay-enday (or ä-YEN-d?)
tony al-me-ell
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