Q: I think something's wrong with my compiler: I just noticed that sizeof('a') is 2, not 1 (i.e. not sizeof(char)).
A: Perhaps surprisingly, character constants in C are of type int, so sizeof('a') is sizeof(int) (though this is another area where C++ differs). See also question 7.8, and this footnote .
ISO Sec. 22.214.171.124
H&S Sec. 2.7.3 p. 29