Combining solidus above for transcription of poetic meter

Julian Bradfield jcb+unicode at
Fri Mar 17 15:36:13 CDT 2017

On 2017-03-17, Philippe Verdy <verdy_p at> wrote:
> 2017-03-17 18:27 GMT+01:00 Julian Bradfield <jcb+unicode at>:
>> If you are happy to use a typographically normal combining breve for
>> the unstressed syllables, you should be happy to use a typographically
>> normal acute accent for the stressed syllable.
> You've understood the reverse! the stressed syllable in those notation uses
> a breve, the unstressed syllables use a slash/solidus (which many look very
> similar to an acute accent, but means here exactly the opposite).

I have understood the situation as it actually is (and indeed as it is
described in the Wikipedia article). *As I pointed out*, had you
bothered to read what I wrote, the OP accidentally reversed the
standard notation, in which / indicates a stressed syllable, and a
breve an unstressed.

Hence there is no clash with the (e.g.) Spanish use of an acute to
indicate stress.

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