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diacritic

 [di″ah-krit´-ik]
diagnostic; distinguishing.

di·a·crit·ic

, diacritical (dī'ă-krit'ik, -krit'i-kăl),
Distinguishing; diagnostic; allowing of distinction.
[G. diakritikos, able to distinguish]

diacritic

(dī′ə-krĭt′ĭk)
adj.
1. Diacritical.
2. Medicine Diagnostic or distinctive.
n.
A mark, such as the cedilla of façade or the acute accents of résumé, added to a letter to indicate a special phonetic value or distinguish words that are otherwise graphically identical.

di·a·crit·ic

, diacritical (dī-ă-krit'ik, -i-kăl)
Distinguishing; diagnostic; allowing of distinction.
[G. diakritikos, able to distinguish]

diacritic

diagnostic; distinguishing.
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If the diacritical mark is misbalanced, the letter will seem to gravitate to a certain side.
The visible, in its diacritical and poli-critical giveness discloses the meaning as an in-between, invisible, absent phenomena whose absence allows visibility to be meaningful.
Diacritical marks, which include accent marks, tildes, umlauts and other notations, help to distinguish one letter from another and aid in pronunciation.
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Many texts with Arabic terms use a simplified and modified system of transliteration, wherein they use just two diacritical marks: the single closing apostrophe' to represent hamza and single opening apostrophe ' to represent 'ayn.
In his later understanding, Du Bois learns to look beyond the Queen's Jubilee as a convincing symbolic representation of Progress to see it as a diacritical Indicator of economic rivalry among US-European imperialists.
Such a couplet, composed of two independent terms, might indeed be joined by a diacritical mark, if not joined together as one word, as is the case not only with "italo-americano " which becomes "italoamericano," but also with other terms such as "afroamericano" (or "afro-americano").
17) For politically displaced diasporas for whom politics constitute a diacritical marker of their communal identity, the social and political domains are inseparable.
Masing determined (and used diacritical marks to denote them) three degrees of quantity both in vowels and consonants, but he suggested a rather relevant theoretical ternary system for vowels only.
The diacritical nature of language inevitably means that even small differences in sound and sense will produce tremendous variance in the determination and reception of meaning.