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diacritic

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.
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diacritic

A 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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If the diacritical mark is misbalanced, the letter will seem to gravitate to a certain side.
This examrle demonstrates the script-dependent or writing -system dependent nature of rendering combining diacritical marks.
is of the opinion that the name of the mineral is derived from the village Schorl (later Schorlau, today Zschorlau) and thus should be written without diacritical mark, in spite of the widespread use of "schorl" in the German-speaking areas, starting in the 18th century and continuing until today (see title of Ertl, 2006).
In addition to its uses as a diacritical mark in languages such as Spanish, the tilde (~) has other functions.
That is why all the derivations from the verb takhayyal which Alfarabi used afterwards in the Treatise were emphatic, employing the shadda (the diacritical mark which doubles a letter), underlining thereby, the element of creativity.
For other analyses of Squeak's rape, see Christine Froula's reading of Squeak's "self-naming" in light of the sexual violence in the novel (639), and Berlant's discussion of the rape as "the diacritical mark that organizes Squeak's insertion into the 'womanist' order" (844).
On the other hand, even if we believe that knowledge of Latin and Greek was no more than an empty diacritical mark differentiating rulers from ruled, it does not follow that either vernacular literature over the past seventy-five years or the content of today's far more democratically accessible education is equally irrelevant, that these too could serve only to differentiate.
In order to enable proper diacritical design and achieve legibility the most common practices and mistakes were established by measuring geometry of dcroat diacritical mark in different font faces.
Consonantal symbols were accompanied by a diacritical mark (called kudlit in the baybayin system) above if the following vowel was 'i'/'e' while the mark would be placed below if followed by 'o'/'u'.
This refers to the placement of diacritical marks on the words and how certain words are pronounced.
a) African languages with words encompassing diacritical marks (dead and alive).