Definitions for diacriticˌdaɪ əˈkrɪt ɪk
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di•a•crit•icˌdaɪ əˈkrɪt ɪk(n.)
Also called diacrit′ical mark′. a mark, point, or sign, as a cedilla, tilde, circumflex, or macron, added or attached to a letter, as to distinguish it from another of similar form, to give it a particular phonetic value, or to indicate stress.
Category: Language/Linguistics, Phonetics
Origin of diacritic:
1670–80; < Gk diakritikós separating
diacritical mark, diacritic(adj)
a mark added to a letter to indicate a special pronunciation
capable of distinguishing
"students having superior diacritic powers"; "the diacritic elements in culture"- S.F.Nadel
A special mark added to a letter to indicate a different pronunciation, stress, tone, or meaning.
Denoting a distinguishing mark applied to a letter or character.
alt. of Diacritical
A diacritic – also diacritical mark, diacritical point, diacritical sign from ancient Greek διά and κρίνω – is a glyph added to a letter, or basic glyph. The term derives from the Greek διακριτικός. Diacritic is primarily an adjective, though sometimes used as a noun, whereas diacritical is only ever an adjective. Some diacritical marks, such as the acute and grave are often called accents. Diacritical marks may appear above or below a letter, or in some other position such as within the letter or between two letters. The main use of diacritical marks in the Latin-derived alphabet is to change the sound value of the letter to which they are added. Examples from English are the diaereses in naïve and Noël, which show that the vowel with the diaeresis mark is pronounced separately from the preceding vowel; the acute and grave accents, which can indicate that a final vowel is to be pronounced, as in saké and poetic breathèd, and the cedilla under the "c" in the borrowed French word façade, which shows it is pronounced rather than. In other Latin alphabets, they may distinguish between homonyms, such as French là "there" versus la "the", which are both pronounced. In Gaelic type, a dot over consonants indicates lenition of the consonant in question.
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