Accents in Am. English
Aaron E. Drews
aaron at LING.ED.AC.UK
Wed Jun 14 11:22:54 UTC 2000
>> Would any of you mark a word wrong which lacks the accents that it had in its
>> originating language, e.g. resume, cafe, fiance?
>yes, yes, yes.
>> Would you think that the word is missing its accents and is therefore harder to
>yes, particularly on 'resume'
>> If you saw the word "resumÈ" (the last letter is 'e' with an acute accent) would
>> you think, hey, it's missing the other accent?
>> Do any of you care? Is it anyone's pet peeve?
>it's not my pet peeve, but i care.
I wonder if it has something to so with not being in the U.S. I would have had the same answers as Lynne. I think it's some of the pedantry I've acquired being here. :-)
Aaron E. Drews The University of Edinburgh
http://www.ling.ed.ac.uk/~aaron Departments of English Language and
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