Accents in Am. English

Aaron E. Drews aaron at LING.ED.AC.UK
Wed Jun 14 11:22:54 UTC 2000

>Andrea asks:
>> 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
>> understand?
>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?
>probably not.
>> 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      Departments of English Language and
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