Grave Accent


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Grave Accent

 

an accent indicating a lowering of tone on a syllable. The grave accent is a type of musical accent; it is in contrast to the acute accent and circumflex and is denoted by the mark “. In ancient Greek, the grave accent indicates the absence of tonal emphasis, that is, it indicates the tonality of an unaccented vowel. In Byzantine texts, the grave accent became established only on the final accented syllable of a word, where it was used as a variant of the acute accent in certain phrases. The grave accent is also used in some languages to indicate a vowel’s quality; for example, the French é is an open e.

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In the index, for example, Bohme and Boswell exchange Christian names, and we find the Emperors Frances I ('Franz' in the text) and Frederik ('Frederick') I, and des Callieres exchanges his grave accent for an acute one, while La Bruyere is stripped of his altogether.
The acute and grave accents were used indiscriminately on the first "e" in the word "venerie" There are "nine" not "none" regions in France.
It's often nice to think we are mutating properly, or that we can use our apostrophes correctly in English, or that we know where to place our acute and grave accents in French, but the important thing with Welsh is to speak it as and when you can - that is all that speakers of the other languages do - and they seem to be quite healthy!