the diacritical mark (´), used in the writing system of some languages to indicate that the vowel over which it is placed has a special quality (as in French été) or that it receives the strongest stress in the word (as in Spanish hablé)
On many of the transcriptions used in this book, an acute accent is used when an apostrophe would be expected by most readers.
Indian Myth and Legend Donald Alexander Mackenzie
Page 243: “Les Prcieuses Ridicules” was printed without the acute accent.
The London Mercury, Vol. I, Nos. 1-6, November 1919 to April 1920 Various
Some, but by no means all, of ‘ee’ has the first ‘e’ marked with an acute accent.
Chronicles (1 of 6): The Description of Britaine Raphaell Holinshed
In the combined forms the acute accent may display after (to the right of) the main letter; this by itself is not a problem.
Chips from a German Workshop – Volume IV Max Mller
Syllable stress is represented by an acute accent either on the main vwel or after the syllable; inconsistencies are unchanged.
First Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution Various
The French word “mouill” appears, apparently randomly, both with and without the acute accent.
Wilson’s Tales of the Borders and of Scotland, Volume I Various
There are some less common characters with an underdot or an acute accent (ḍ ṇ ṭ Ś) in this text.
Indian Fairy Tales Anonymous
The acute accent on vowels indicates a stressed syllable, which is also raised in pitch.
Mohave Pottery Alfred L. Kroeber
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