from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Diacritical.
- adj. Medicine Diagnostic or distinctive.
- n. A mark, such as the cedilla of façade or the acute accent of resumé, added to a letter to indicate a special phonetic value or distinguish words that are otherwise graphically identical.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. distinguishing
- adj. Denoting a distinguishing mark applied to a letter or character.
- n. A special mark added to a letter to indicate a different pronunciation, stress, tone, or meaning.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. That separates or distinguishes; -- applied to points or marks used to distinguish letters of similar form, or different sounds of the same letter, as, ā, ă, ä, ō, ŏ, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Serving to distinguish: same as diacritical (which is the more common form).
- n. A diacritical mark (which see, under diacritical).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. capable of distinguishing
- n. a mark added to a letter to indicate a special pronunciation
Two of the problems that you mention, are lack of a GA that does the focussing job of RP, and the disarray of phonetic, alphabetic and diacritic systems used by different US publishers in their dictionaries.
AutoCorrect is programmed with a number of two - or three-key combinations that will correct the appearance of a letter with a diacritic.
The French feminine name, however, is “Michelle”, and carries no diacritic. kid bitzer Says:
The following are Pashto phonemes rendered in Arabic letters and their equivalents in English letters, some of which include a diacritic:
Chinese has five vowels, each with one of four tones, and possibly a diacritic mark.
It is of course a Palandine name, which accounts for the diacritic, but despite the pronunciation and the obvious shortened form, it has nothing to do with the word hawk.
(Jun 9 2008) I forgot the IPA wavy diacritic underneath the *d denoting creakiness (as in MIE ablative ending *-ad̰ above).
Alas, then, I will fall in line and agree that the only bandage to put on this is to include diacritic marks.
Antlers are diacritic, a growing, a branching, a choosing of routes.
But most browsers can read diacritic characters imported from Word, so now I type those names in a blank Word document and copy/paste them into my web data entry box.