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A diacritic (or diacritical mark) is a mark added to a letter, usually to indicate a specific pronunciation of that letter.
Of the various languages using the Latin alphabet, English is one of the few that generally does not use diacritical marks. Those words that do contain them are typically foreign loanwords
whose diacritics have been retained in English. The most common of these that appear in English are known as accents
(either acute, as in café
, or grave, as in vis-à-vis
There are, however, a few diacritics that are used in native English words.
diacriticA small mark added to a letter that changes its pronunciation, such as an acute accent (á), a grave accent (à) and a cedilla (ç).
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The use of macrons and diacritic marks
is occasionally marred by confusions.
Therefore diacritic marks
are omitted, when the keywords are sought in the student's answer, the difference between characters "i" and "y" is ignored as well.
Finally, early versions of Blackboard do not support use of diacritic marks
and non-Roman writing systems except in posted documents--a problem if languages other than English need to be used for Announcements, Discussion Board etc.