Definition of grave accent in English:

grave accent

Syllabification: grave ac·cent
Pronunciation: /gräv, grāv
 
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noun

  • A mark (`) placed over certain letters in some languages to indicate an alteration of a sound, as of quality, quantity, or pitch.
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    • In any case, what I said about combining diacritics still stands - for example, to handle Yoruba, you need to be able to combine underdotted vowels with acute and grave accents (for tone).
    • When the word has a grave accent over the vowel, it is pronounced with a voice that starts at a low level and then falls even lower.
    • I guess it's possible that the reporter does know the difference, and is writing about the use of single quote and back quote as a method for keyboarding acute and grave accents; but if that's it, why not say so, and give an example?

Origin

early 17th century: French grave (see grave2).

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