* Terry Reedy (Sun, 18 Sep 2016 03:51:40 -0400)
> 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'.

Had to be said. Nothing to add.



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