Letters which in English-speaking countries are by Printers called accented are the five vowels, marked as follows:—
There is no pure English word that requires an accent. Some reckon the French ç and Spanish ñ, and other letters used in foreign languages, as accented letters. The grave accent is, in English, sometimes used in poetry to prevent the omission of sounding a syllable, and the metre thereby being impaired. Similarly, the diæresis is sometimes employed in words like Coöperate, instead of the hyphen; but this plan is not generally adopted by many Printers at the present day. The term accent applied to the whole series is only allowable as an office technicality; the fourth and fifth items indicate quantity only, and the sixth guards against a dipthongal absorption of a syllable.