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What are the symbols above the letters in words spelt in other languages called, and where can I find there meaning?

Asked by sunyata_rakshasa (350 points ) February 13th, 2010

I’m getting really sick of mispronouncing words because I don’t know how the squiggle, line, dash, or dots above letters make them sound!

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tragiclikebowie's avatar

It depends on which language. The only other language I speak with any sort of confidence is French.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_orthography

Scroll down to “Modern French” and “Diacritics” and it explains a few of the accents and marks used.

gasman's avatar

They’re called diacritical marks. This wikipedia article hopefully answers your questions.

Here is a nice article at one of the external links.

gasman's avatar

They’re called diacritical marks. This wikipedia article hopefully answers your questions.

Here is a nice article at one of the external links explaining the rationale for these symbols.

sunyata_rakshasa's avatar

thanks @gasman that realy helped

thanks to you too @tragiclikebowie

gasman's avatar

@sunyata_rakshasa I learned more about the topic, too—‘great question’. btw sorry about the duplicate posts—not sure how that happened.

CyanoticWasp's avatar

If you go to the “Character Map” in Windows (Generally under Programs / Accessories / System Tools) you can find groupings of all of the various characters permitted by your chosen font… and the names of the characters.

Grisson's avatar

And all this time I thought a diacritical remark was a comment that drew fire in Fluther!

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