Accents;use accents as you would in Greek or Spanish.

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Accents;use accents as you would in Greek or Spanish.

Postby rexsolaris » 2009-08-12, 17:35

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apex_(diacritic)

The apex (plural "apices") is a mark roughly with the shape of an acute accent ( ´ ) which is placed over vowels to indicate that they are long.
Although hardly known by most contemporary Latinists, the use of the sign was actually quite widespread during classical and postclassical times....
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Re: Accents;use accents as you would in Greek or Spanish.

Postby loqu » 2009-08-12, 19:59

That's not how you use the accent in Spanish.
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Re: Accents;use accents as you would in Greek or Spanish.

Postby Sean of the Dead » 2009-08-12, 22:19

In Greek and Spanish they are used to mark stress. :?
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Re: Accents;use accents as you would in Greek or Spanish.

Postby modus.irrealis » 2009-08-13, 17:57

Or pitch accent in Ancient Greek.

Does anybody know how many vowels in Latin there are whose length we don't know? I know there're ways to get around "hidden quantity" but I've never seen any actual numbers. I've always wondered how feasible it would be to mark all long vowels in Latin -- or for that matter, how accurate certain school editions that use the macron are.

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Re: Accents;use accents as you would in Greek or Spanish.

Postby KingHarvest » 2009-08-18, 4:30

I'm suspicious of how common these marks are without any more impressive reference to modern scholarly literature. Allen, for example, says the following:

"About the end of the republic a new device makes its appearance -- the so-called 'apex' placed above the vowel symbol; this, however, does not appear on the vowel i until the second century A.D. The shape of the wymbol varies, but a mark like the acute accent (') is characteristic of the empire, and [two symbols that look like a smooth breathing that I cannot produce on a QWERTY keyboard] of the republic.
"Apart from such indications, which are not infallible and only sporadically citable, our knowledge of vowel length in Latin comes from various sources..."
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