A Little Embarassed to Ask

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Cathexis
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A Little Embarassed to Ask

Post by Cathexis » Sat May 18, 2019 4:56 pm

But you folks would know so,

Although my only fluent language is English I love reading on all sorts of topics with the general theme of Antiquity.
That often means I run into foreign words with non-English markings, such as H with a dot under it. What are these,
"diacritical marks?" Don't know, but I know there's a name for them, like S with an up carat meaning "sh", I think. The
trouble is that without the name I can't look up a proper table of them. THAT is my real goal, to have a printable
table of all these various signs, their specific names, meanings, pronunciations, etc. Then I can have it bookmarked
or stored as a .pdf on the PC and printed for when I'm reading a book, which I don't do in front of my PC.

Hope you can help,

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Re: A Little Embarassed to Ask

Post by BrianB » Sat May 18, 2019 5:08 pm

I don’t think there is a standard list of English terms, covering all languages. There isn’t even a unified standard rule for transliterating, say, Russian or Hebrew into the Roman alphabet. Different writers and different publishers adopt different systems.

Here's one set of phonetic symbols covering a number of languages, that you may find helpful, but it doesn't give any names for the various diacritical marks.
https://www.ling.upenn.edu/courses/Fall ... etics.html

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Re: A Little Embarassed to Ask

Post by seneca2008 » Sat May 18, 2019 10:16 pm

Cathexis said “What are these,
"diacritical marks?"
Wikipedia is a useful starting point. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diacritic

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Re: A Little Embarassed to Ask

Post by Cathexis » Mon May 20, 2019 1:30 pm

Thanks!
Romani ite Domum

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Re: A Little Embarassed to Ask

Post by smitterle » Mon May 20, 2019 2:55 pm

First, shouldn't feel embarrassed at all.
Second, learning some IPA might be helpful, too. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internati ... c_Alphabet

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