On 9/18/2016 2:45 AM, Steven D'Aprano wrote:

It doesn't matter whether you call them "accent" like most people do, or
"diacritics" as linguists do.

I am a native born American and I have never before heard or seen non-accent diacritic marks called 'accents'. Accents indicate stress. Other diacritics indicate other pronunciation changes. It is counterproductive to confuse the two groups. Spanish, for instance, has vowel accents that change which syllable gets stressed. A tilda is not an accent; rather, it softens the pronunciation of 'n' to 'ny', as in 'canyon'.

Terry Jan Reedy


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