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Diacritic, Diacritical Mark

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Diacritic, Diacritical Mark - definitions

Diacritical Mark - Symbol that signifies an alteration to the character around which it is placed, such as the apostrophe ["˜] and circumflex [^].

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Source: Common Sense Advisory, 07 January 2010 09:55:33, External

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Diacritic mark - A diacritic mark is an additional graphic such as an accent (as in è or é) or cedilla (as in ç) attached to a character.  It may affect the pronunciation of a character, or the meaning of a word, or both.  It appears visually close to the base character, often above or below it, possibly crossing over its line, but it is treated as a logically separable part.

Jukka K. Korpela (2006), "Unicode Explained", O'Reilly, Sebastopol, CA, USA

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