Thorsten Kampe <>:

> * 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.


   5 a : a mark (as ´, `, ˆ) used in writing or printing to indicate a
     specific sound value, stress, or pitch, to distinguish words
     otherwise identically spelled, or to indicate that an ordinarily
     mute vowel should be pronounced
     b : an accented letter


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