Diacritic ( Concept )

      |_ Object
            |_ Linguistic Expression
                  |_ Written Linguistic Expression
                        |_ Orthographic Part
                              |_ Diacritic


An auxiliary mark or symbol added above, below or after conventional graphic signs to give more information about the pronunciation of the sound represented in writing. Such diacritic marks include acute accent, apostrophe, caret, cedilla, diaeresis or umlaut, grave accent, macron, tilde and circumflex. [Hartmann and Stork 1972: 65]

Usage Notes


names Thing     This semiotic relation associates some OrthographicExpression with some Entity. It differs from 'labels' in that a name is usually considered part of the orthographic system, where a label is not.

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